Whilst not the most riveting of topics, the work done behind the scenes at Plainmoor to ensure that the Stadium meets the safety standards required by the Safety Advisory Group and Torbay Council, has been rewarded this week as the Club has secured the new format General Safety Certificate, the first professional football club in Devon to achieve this accolade.

The new GSC means that the Club is able to manage safety matters in accordance with its own approved policies and procedures covering a wide range of issues as varied from contingency planning, fire risk safety, medical planning, steward planning, flares & fireworks, traffic management, ticketing & segregation

It is also responsible for ensuring that annual maintenance checks are completed for all emergency equipment, electrical and gas installations, boilers, fire alarms and fire- fighting equipment CCTV, PA systems, general repairs, structural safety, steward training and much more.

Steve Cox, Chair of the SAG and senior officer at Torbay Council said “Well done, Torquay United for being the first football Club in Devon to reach this standard. The Club can now work to its own polices and procedures rather than prescribed guidelines from different statutory authorities. The Club and SAG will keep the policies etc. under review on an annual basis to ensure that the public are safe and protected. The Club have done very well but cannot relax but as Chair of SAG I have every confidence in the Club and the staff carrying out this important role”.