Annual Report and Accounts published

The SGSA has published its Annual Report and Accounts 2020-21. The report outlines the achievements of the organisation over the last year along with our audited financial information.

Some of our main accomplishments include:

  • Advised Government on safe return of spectators to sports grounds.
  • 98% of stakeholders say the SGSA is the world’s leading authority on sports ground safety.
  • 111 matchday inspections completed, and 177 Safety Advisory Group meetings attended.
  • 289 copies of the “Green Guide” sold to 23 countries.
  • 19 training courses held with 284 attendees.

The last year has been dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a significant impact on the sport sector and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

The SGSA’s efficient and effective ability to adapt to the unprecedented circumstance led to us being involved in numerous pandemic-related projects.

As the Government’s advisor on sports ground safety, the SGSA has been central to the

discussions and development of guidance on the safe return of spectators to sports grounds and other venues.

One of our proudest achievements was the development of the now world-renowned Supplementary Guidance 02: Planning for Social Distancing at Sports Grounds (SG02).

In support of the Government’s Elite Sport Stage 5 Guidance, the ground breaking SG02 document aimed to equip venue management with the knowledge and support required to plan for the safe return of spectators using social distancing. This has been used successfully across the UK and around the world, for example at the Australian Open tennis tournament.

The wellbeing of our staff is also extremely important to us. In order to conduct business and manage our day-to day duties productively and successfully over the last year, we invested time and resources into improving our IT systems.

Chief Executive of the SGSA, Martyn Henderson, said: “Internally, the pandemic has prompted much greater use of digital platforms for communication and collaboration – and the temporary cessation of in-person inspections at sports grounds also provided an opportunity to find new efficiencies in the way we work”.

Although this year has had its challenges, we at the SGSA have had plenty of reasons to celebrate our hard work and achievements, one of them being the awards received by our team members.

Chair of the SGSA, Derek Wilson, said: “We would like to congratulate Ken Scott, the SGSA’s Head of Inspectorate, on being awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2020. Ken is respected around the world as the foremost authority on sports ground safety and it is a huge privilege to work alongside him at the SGSA.

In addition, it has been fantastic to see Alan Coppin, our former Chair, receive an OBE for services to sports ground safety, and current Board member Rimla Akhtar receiving an OBE for services to equality and diversity in sport.”