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Security At Oakwell Is A Team Effort.

11 August 2017

Three points isn't the only priority Saturday against Ipswich Town at Oakwell. Making sure everyone goes home safe is the most important result.

Barnsley Football Club has been working closely with the police and the EFL, over the summer, to review security at Oakwell. Now we are asking you to do your bit.

Following the dreadful Manchester Arena bombing in May, stadium managers from clubs have been briefed by counter terrorism police.

It is vital that everyone - players, staff and supporters - remain vigilant and report any concerns to stewards or police.

Attacks might be rare, and the chance of you being caught up in one unlikely, but the message is #ActionCountersTerrorism.

Here's a quick reminder of what you can do to help keep yourself and others safe:

·         Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks

·         Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground

·         Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away

·         If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999

·         In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them

·         If told to evacuate, do so immediately, do not wait around to film events on your mobile

·         Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles

·         Once you are safe, follow the local police force on Twitter for updates.

Barnsley Football Club's Safety Officer, Steve Bailey, commented on the review of security at Oakwell by saying:

"The safety of every person at the Club on a matchday is of primary importance to myself and my team. We know how important the football is to each and every person, but your safety comes before that to us. We've worked exceedingly hard on securing the ground and putting plans in place for everybody. We now need the help of our supporters to work with us and follow the guidelines set out above, to ensure we can be as informed and up-to-date as possible.

"Anyone who needs to report an issue can find the nearest steward immediately and your help will be greatly appreciated."


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