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What value does the SGSA bring?

The SGSA licence provides assurance that football grounds are safe.  We do this through formal visits and assessments throughout the year to review and update procedures, including matchday inspections, ground assessments, and so on.

In addition, we provide informal and invaluable advice to support safety operations at grounds.  This includes:

  • Providing expert advice to grounds during redevelopments and new builds at no additional cost.
  • Supporting grounds in the safe use of their venues for events beyond football, such as concerts and other entertainments.   
  • Improvements in safety management procedures, such as the development of Operations Manuals, and the understanding of Zone Ex issues.
  • Protecting clubs from latent safety risks, such as persistent standing in seated areas.
  • Advising on technical issues, such as circulation in grounds and flow rates, which contribute to managing crowds safely and have led to identifying capacity increases.
  • Supporting grounds when responding to complex challenges.

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Mitigation of threats during ingress and egress

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Derek Wilson reappointed as SGSA Chair

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35 years since Hillsborough