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Brackley Town hosts SGSA Chair

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National Occupational Standards for Spectator Safety Review

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Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide) – Available to buy

Condolence message to Leicester City Football Club

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Should A Safety Certificate Include A Requirement For The Holder To Produce A Traffic Management Plan?

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When should the first annual inspection and structural appraisal be undertaken at a new, or recently completed, stadium?

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Sports Technology and Innovation Group – Call for ideas

The Sports Technology and Innovation Group has launched a call for solutions to enable the return of fans to sports grounds.

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COVID-19 guidance

Collation of all links and information on COVID-19 guidance

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Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide) – Available to buy

Sixth edition of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide) is available to buy.

What they're saying

"The contributions of the SGSA has been significant in changing the tides of safety and security culture across Africa as they have remained a fundamental partner in progress with both FIFA and CAF Safety and Security Initiatives in Africa. We can't thank SGSA enough for providing us with their expertise."

Christian Emeruwa, Head of Safety and Security Department, Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF)

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SGSA Strategic Plan 2020-24 published

The SGSA has published its five-year Strategic Plan which aims to improve safety of sports grounds both in the UK and internationally.