Counter Terrorism

The current national threat level for the UK is substantial.

Ground management should have counter terrorism plans as part of the operations manual to provide protective security appropriate to that level.

Sports grounds generally have effective security and safety measures in place. However, it is important not to be complacent. The Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide) provides advice and links in relation to counter terrorism.

These guidance notes have been developed by the SGSA in partnership with the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) to provide more specific guidance for sports grounds management in relation to event management issues.

This is especially important during periods of heightened alert when the national terrorist threat level increases, particularly when it is raised to critical.

Guidance notes

We have put together a number of guidance notes to advise on counter terrorism planning, including:

Tools and resources

Counter terrorism awareness online course

Action Counter Terrorism (ACT) Awareness eLearning is a free online counter terrorism training course for all UK based companies and organisations.

Preparing counter terrorism measures

Guidance for sports grounds and local authorities when considering their responsibilities to counter the terrorist threat to sports grounds.

Counter terrorism advice for sports grounds

Advice for sports grounds and event organisers to help with any review or planning you might be undertaking.


Planning for moving people in an emergency terrorist threat situation

This guidance note provides more specific guidance for sports grounds management in the development of plans to move people in an emergency terrorist threat situation. 

Planning for increased threat levels

Guidance for sports grounds in planning for an increase to threat levels

Planning for Dynamic Lockdown

Guidance notes for sports grounds on planning for a dynamic lockdown as a response to the threat of a gun, vehicle, weapon or other type of terrorist incident at the ground or in the vicinity of the ground.