Annual Report 2019-20

The SGSA has today published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2019-20.  The report outlines the achievements of the organisation over the last year along with our audited financial information.

Some of the key headlines between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 include:

  • Provided support in all four UK nations
  • Conducted training on four continents
  • 96% of stakeholders said the SGSA sets the standards for safety
  • 182 matchday inspections completed and 211 Safety Advisory Group meetings attended.
  • £454,680 commercial income, which was reinvested to support the advice we provide.

Also included in the report are details of our work on the safe standing in seated areas of football and our work supporting FIFA in safety and security in Africa.

Chair of the SGSA, Alan Coppin, said: “The Annual Report and Accounts is a tribute to the extensive and committed work carried out by the SGSA’s team of Inspectors and Secretariat. The team has balanced the regulatory duties of licensing football grounds and overseeing local authorities discharging their statutory obligations, while maintaining a growing advisory remit for sports in the UK and around the world.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all the SGSA members of staff who continue to achieve so much with relatively little resource.  The success of the organisation in ensuring sports grounds are safe for everyone is due to their incredible hard work and expertise.”

Chief Executive of the SGSA, Martyn Henderson, said: “I am hugely proud of what we have achieved as an organisation.  We are a small team but the scope and breadth of our work is outstanding.

“Looking ahead, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on sport and, of course, on our organisation.  It is testament to the team that we have adapted to this dramatic change in circumstances so successfully and we have played an important role in the safe resumption of football without spectators.  However, the future of live sport continues to be worryingly uncertain and the SGSA will continue to be agile in responding to changing circumstances and supporting the recovery of our sector. We will also continue to support our partners in local government who have been more stretched than ever before by the pandemic.”

SGSA Annual Report and Accounts 2019-20