Stay On Side

Led by West Mercia Police and funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Stay On Side programme aims to educate young people and reduce anti social behaviour on match days allowing everyone to enjoy the beautiful game.

Anti-social behaviour is becoming more common among young people on match days, which often leads to criminal activity. By utilising the strong partnership between West Mercia Police and Shrewsbury Town FC, we’re determined to tackle this growing problem in Shropshire. 

Stay On Side is a programme aimed at 12 to 17 year olds designed to educate them about what’s right and wrong when it comes to supporting your team. Through the power of football, we want to engage with young people on match days and educate them about football related offences that can lead to further convictions later in life.

We’ll be located in the Fan Zone at every home game, talking to young fans about how they can enjoy the game responsibly as well as finding ways that they can get involved across local programmes near them.

Did you know that invading the pitch is a criminal offence?

- Find out more about other football related offences by speaking to our officers -

Meet PC Chris Rayment

My name is PC Chris Rayment, I am the Dedicated Football Officer (DFO) for Shrewsbury Town Football Club. My role is to provide a link between West Mercia Police, Shrewsbury Town Football Club, the various supporter groups and external partners to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable match day experience at both home and away matches.

I am also working alongside the Shrewsbury Town Foundation to deliver a project called “Stay on Side” which looks to tackle youngsters who engaged in football related anti-social behaviour associated with the club.

I attend most home and away fixtures as an Operation Football Officer so please come and say hello!

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