Introducing SP Energy Networks’ Scotstoun Squad
Glasgow Warriors and the club’s Official Community Partner, SP Energy Networks have launched the SP Energy Networks Scotstoun Squad for season 2023/24.
The SP Energy Networks Scotstoun Squad is a group of volunteers stationed around the stadium on matchdays to help anyone who might need some extra support on the day. The club currently has more than 40 people who volunteer.
To make sure a great day out is had by everyone who attends a match at the Scotstoun Stadium, SP Energy Networks, together with Glasgow Warriors, worked with several Glasgow charities to understand how best to make the stadium more accessible for everyone.
The Squad plays a vital part in supporting the rugby club and electricity network operator’s efforts to make a positive impact on the communities they serve and enhance the services at Glasgow Warriors events for people with additional support needs.
Part of this work includes hosting a new quiet space at open training sessions; improving communication of accessibility services with a new dedicated web page and guided videos; including British Sign Language translation on key event videos on match day; and offering sensory packs on match day, and a sensory space at selected matches with the Ayrshire based Aoife’s Bus Charity.
People Make Glasgow
Glasgow Warriors Manging Director, Al Kellock, said: “Glasgow Warriors are delighted to be deepening our relationship with SP Energy Networks. We are both driven to deliver on our shared vision to positively impact people in our city and throughout the west of Scotland.
“As a professional sports club we are privileged to have such a proactive sponsor that wants to work in our community and help our people, be that players and coaches or staff and volunteers, to make a truly meaningful impact on everyone that is involved in or experiences our club.
“With that in mind, the SP Energy Networks Scotstoun Squad are often the very first people that new visitors and supporters to Glasgow Warriors matches and events meet. Therefore, they play a vital role in setting the tone of who we are as a club.
“We are determined to make sure we are the most welcoming professional rugby club in the world and live up to the city’s own mantra that ‘People Make Glasgow’. We look forward to working with SP Energy Networks in the coming season to achieve that.”
As a distribution and transmission network operator, SP Energy Networks keeps electricity flowing to homes and businesses across Central and Southern Scotland. In addition to the community initiatives delivered in partnership with Glasgow Warriors, SP Energy Networks offers additional support to its customers, particularly those who might need a little extra help, through the Priority Services Register and additional support services.
Accessible to Everyone
SP Energy Networks CEO, Vicky Kelsall, said: “At SP Energy Networks, supporting vulnerable customers across the communities we serve is at the top of our customer engagement agenda.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Glasgow Warriors to create more inclusive spaces where we can engage with our communities in an environment accessible to everyone.
“Our new partnership initiatives have played a pivotal role in shaping the home of Glasgow Warriors into a more accessible community engagement hub and we look forward to working together on fostering inclusivity and carving out more spaces open to all.”
Glasgow Warriors and SP Energy Networks have been working together to engage with local communities in new ways since the launch of the partnership – from breaking barriers in sport and engineering to recognising local community heroes and delivering educational STEM activities. Over the upcoming season, this partnership will continue to deliver new initiatives celebrating our communities, supporting skills development and building a more inclusive world of rugby and engineering.
Throughout 2023/24 the SP Energy Networks Scotstoun Squad will be branded in SP Energy Networks green jackets, helping them stand out amongst the Warrior Nation and making them easily identifiable around the stadium.
Notes to Editors
As a distribution and transmission network operator SP Energy Networks keeps electricity flowing to over 6m customers across 3.5m homes and businesses throughout Central & Southern Scotland and Merseyside, Cheshire, North & Mid-Wales and North Shropshire.
We do this through our network of over 110,000km of power cables and 30,000 substations across our licence areas and we are investing approximately £7 billion into the electricity network to create a better future, quicker for our customers and communities.