Firefighters swap their fire kit for football boots

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service launches its own football team this month as they join the Emergency Services Football League – a nationwide competition consisting of emergency, prison and armed services.

Led by Manager, Simon Capel, the squad of 40 are being supported by Surrey Football Association (FA) who are providing use of their Meadowbank Football Ground facility in Dorking for the team’s home matches. The team are hoping to build on a recent charity tournament win when they take part in their first match on 4 November 2020, subject to COVID-19 and FA guidelines.

Dan Quin, Deputy Chief Fire Officer said, “We’re delighted that after lying dormant for a number of years the new look Surrey Fire and Rescue Service Football Team has been re-established. We hope this is an opportunity to contribute positively to the mental and physical well-being of our staff and also an opportunity to highlight our prevention services to the community.

We’re very grateful to Surrey FA for hosting us and to our sponsors Unique Technical Solutions and D & R Carpentry & Building Services who have provided a fantastic new kit.”

Sally Lockyer, Chief Executive Officer, Surrey FA said, “We are excited to welcome the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service team to Meadowbank. Meadowbank Football Ground is a community-centred facility, and I am so pleased that we have an opportunity to open our doors and host key emergency service workers here. We hope to strengthen ties with the Fire and Rescue Service over the course of the season and use our platform to increase fire safety awareness across Surrey. We all wish the team the best of luck for the season ahead.”


Notes to Editors:

For further details, please contact: James Chadwick, Head of Marketing and Partnerships at Surrey FA, on telephone number: 07591 383 454 or via email  

About Surrey FA 

Surrey FA is a charitable organisation, responsible for leading the development of grassroots football within Surrey, ensuring participation and enjoyment of football is for all. It is responsible for governing grassroots clubs, leagues, players and match officials across the county. Surrey FA seeks to improve opportunities and engagement for children and adults across the county and strives to positively influence participation for all in football regardless of age, ability, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion and socio-economic status.  

From L to R – Doug Bewley, Unique Technical Solutions, Simon Capel, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, Dan Quin, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, Ryan Farrell, Unique Technical Solutions.

From L to R – Simon Capel, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, Dan Quin, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service.


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