It is the policy of the Club not to allow dogs on any part of the premises or stadia at Castle Park (grassed areas, buildings, car parks, paths) for health and safety reasons.
Dogs faeces can remain in the soil for years and, if an open cut gets infected, can cause serious problems. Dog faeces also attracts breeding flies, which spread disease. Faeces can also be a vector for transmitting certain diseases between dogs and people (salmonella, campylobacter, roundworms and hookworms).
Children are particularly at risk, as they are much less likely to wash their hands after playing in the grass. The eggs of roundworms, for example, are passed in the faeces of dogs and can survive in the soil for many years - regardless of weather conditions. If the eggs are accidentally ingested, the worms can cause serious neurological, pulmonary and vision problems.
As we take our duty of care to all players at Castle Park very seriously these rules must be adhered to in all situations.