Guidance regarding club insurance requirements

What is the National Game Insurance Scheme (NGIS)?

In 2011, The FA set out to raise the standards of insurances that could be made available to its affiliated members, to enable access to a uniformity of cover across the grassroots game that hadn’t been seen before.

The overarching objective for the NGIS has been to ensure that insurance products, specifically tailored to the needs of grassroots football, could be made available to all. In 2012, Bluefin Sport was appointed by The FA to deliver the NGIS.

The NGIS provides two core covers – Public Liability and Personal Accident.

It is compulsory for all affiliated clubs to have public liability insurance and all affiliated teams to have personal accident insurance.

When affiliating to Hampshire FA via the Whole Game System, Clubs may choose to opt-in to the NGIS public liability insurance.

Personal accident insurance can be purchased from Bluefin Sport online, or by completing an application form and returning it to them in the post, with a cheque in remittance of the premium payable.

Details of the minimum cover required by Hampshire FA can be found on the Bluefin Sport website, please click here.

Clubs have the option to purchase the compulsory insurances either via the NGIS or elsewhere. Other products are available and independent advice can be sourced from a licensed insurance broker.

How can I find out more about the NGIS?

To learn more about the NGIS, please refer to the Bluefin Sport website click here.

Click here to view a video produced by Bluefin Sport about the NGIS.


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If you have any queries about the personal accident or legal liability policies please contact Bluefin Sport:

T: 0345 872 5060


Clubs can purchase/renew their Personal Accident insurance through the National Game Insurance Scheme website here. Some of the advantages of buying cover on-line are:

1. Instant quotations with cover starting from 1 July 2016;

2. Automatic notification to the County FA confirming cover has been purchased

3. Pay your premium on-line by debit or credit card or;

4. Pay by 5 monthly instalments if your premium is £100 or more (see website for details of charges)

5. Ability to download policy documentation and also delivery of policy documents by email.

To apply for cover please click here (which will take you to the NGIS website). Alternatively, you can apply by post by completing the application form which you will find at the back of the Group Personal Accident brochure. The completed application form should be returned to Bluefin Sport together with a cheque made payable to 'Bluefin Insurance Services.'

Please note if you make a postal application, a £5.00 administration fee is payable on top of the premium. If you purchase your cover online, you will be able to download your policy documents from Bluefin Sport’s website. We recommend saving the PDF attachment to your computer - you will also receive an email attaching your policy documents. Included within the policy documents pack is a poster which can be displayed at your clubs premises so players are aware of the cover in place.

When you affiliate through Whole Game System, you will need to provide evidence of personal accident insurance for Adult 11-a-side teams and Youth teams. You will be prompted to upload your clubs personal accident policy documents through Whole Game System, which you can do from your computer as you will have saved the policy documents in PDF format when you purchased your insurance. Please note that checks will be made to ensure that you have purchased the correct cover and that cover is in force for the whole of Season 2017/18.

Legal Liabilities (including Public Liability) The County Cover Scheme is available to affiliated clubs, leagues and match officials affiliated to the Association. Cover is arranged by the association as a group policy, so premiums are more affordable. This allows you to purchase the cover at a much cheaper premium, whilst you also benefit from the wider cover of a policy that has been designed specifically with grassroots football in mind. Five elements of cover in one unique package

1. Public Liability - £ 10,000,000
2. Employers liability - £ 10,000,000
3. Officers and committee liability - £ 5,000,000
4. Professional indemnity - £ 10,000,000
5. Cyber Liability - £ 250,000

For further information, please contact Cellyn Crook, Operations Administrator (finance). For County-cover, the premium is £20 per club County-cover automatically includes cover for Legal Defence costs up to £100,000 in respect of a Player-to-Player claim, subject to acceptance by the insurers.

• Please note that the County-cover products are only available to clubs and teams participating at steps 5 and below. If your club or one of its teams plays at Step 4 and above, please contact Bluefin Sport as they can provide a separate quotation.
• Cover is not provided for the operation of a licensed premises. This element of cover is usually provided under a commercial combined insurance policy. Please contact Bluefin Sport for a separate quotation.


There are two types of insurance policies required for the 2020/21 season.

A) Personal accident insurance - this provides protection for someone who is injured in an accident whilst participating in a club activity. This policy could provide either a lump sum benefit or weekly amount (dependent on the cover selected).

B) Legal liability insurance - this provides protection against any claims made by third parties against you e.g. claims for slips and trips or damage to third party property as a result of your negligence.


Countycover is arranged by the county FA as a group policy which allows you to purchase the cover at a cost effective premium, whilst also benefiting from a wide cover designed for grassroots football. This cover is purchased when you affiliate to Hampshire FA and the premium is collected together with your affiliation fees. (this includes affiliation via The FAs Whole Game System where applicable) Once the premium has been received, and your affiliation has been accepted, you will be sent an ‘Evidence of Cover’ from Hampshire FA.

For more information please contact Jon Fancy, Senior Operations Officer.

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Jon Fancy - Senior Operations Officer 

By Phone: 01256 853003
(8:30am - 5:15pm Monday - Friday)

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