Steward at certain sports events

If you wish to work as a steward at certain sports events, you must have an authorisation issued by the Danish Police. “Certain sports events” is currently defined as the following events in men’s sports:

  • International football matches
  • Football matches (including friendlies) involving teams from Superligaen, 1. and 2. division
  • Football matches under the auspices of UEFA

Western Copenhagen Police, Administrative Centre East (ACE), handles applications for authorisation from people residing outside Denmark.

How to apply?

The procedure depends on whether you have been authorised as steward before in an EU/EAA member state, or whether you intend to be authorised as steward for the first time.

1. If you have not been authorised as steward before:

You must:

  • have attained the age of 18,
  • have completed the Danish Football Association’s (DBU) training programme as steward,
  • not have been convicted of a criminal offense which involves an obvious risk of abuse of the duties as steward, cf. the Danish Criminal Code section 78, subsection 2, and
  • not have exhibited such conduct, there is reason to believe that you will not perform the duties as steward properly.

Adult vocational training programme as steward
The training programme as steward lasts three days and is carried out by the Association of Elite Football Clubs in Denmark (Divisionsforeningen).

As short description in Danish of the training programme and a list of training courses on offer can be found here.

You can send your application and documents to ACE by e-mail or letter. See contact details below. You can also send the application via this website.

The following documents must be enclosed:

  • documentation of completion of the training programme as steward
  • a passport photograph (35 x 45 mm) with your national identification number and signature on the back side.

If you are not able to use the Danish application form, please contact ACE. ACE will then make arrangements with you as to how you can apply in English.

2. If you have already been authorised as steward in another EU/EEA member state:

Directive No. 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications apply to cases concerning authorisation of stewards.

An applicant may be authorised if the person in question proves to have vocational qualifications which may be recognised in accordance with the Directive, and if the person meets the remaining requirements.

Applications concerning Directive No. 2005/36/EC are also handled by ACE. You must send full documentation of your education and authorisation in your home country as well as a copy of your criminal record and a photograph as mentioned above.

Temporary or occasional pursuit

The same requirements apply for both temporary and permanent service providers.

Establishing a business

The same requirements apply for both temporary and permanent service providers.

Requirements for non EU citizens and businesses

The same requirements apply as for EU citizens and businesses.

Fee

No fee required.

When can I expect an answer?

The decision on whether or not to issue an authorization will be made as soon as possible after all necessary documents have been received. Normally you can expect to receive a decision from ACE within two to four months.

In case of rejection

If ACE decides to reject your application for authorisation, you will receive a explanatory decision. If you disagree with the refusal, you have the opportunity to appeal.

The appeal should be submitted to ACE which will forward the appeal to the Danish National Police who handles appeals about refusal of authorisation. See contact details below.

Who to contact for questions?

If you have questions regarding your application or regarding the requirements please contact:

Western Copenhagen Police
Administrative Centre East
Att.: Authorizations & Appropriations
PO Box 199
DK-2630 Taastrup
Denmark
Tel.: +45 4386 1500
E-mail: kbhv@politi.dk

If needed it is possible to submit your application and documentation through a secure connection using digital signature and encryption. A certificate for use in establishing the secure connection is available at www.politi.dk/Vestegnen/da/Kontakt/email_adresser (Use the link in the green box)

Public registers and databases

There is no public register of authorised stewards.

If you wish more information about the sector, these private organisations could be relevant for you:

DBU – The Danish Football Association, DBU Allé 1, DK-2605 Brøndby, Denmark, www.dbu.dk

Divisionsforeningen – The Association of Elite Football Clubs in Denmark, DBU Allé 1, DK-2605 Bøndby, Denmark, www.divisionsforeningen.dk

Legal basis in Danish law

Consolidated Act No. 1216 of 27.10.2015 on Security at Certain Sports Events

Ministerial Order No. 650 of 26.06.2008 on Security at Certain Sports Events with subsequent amendments. 

Legal basis in EU directive(s) on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications

2005/36/EC, Title III, Chapter I (General system for the recognition of evidence of training)