Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) and Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) join to promote fan engagement

The FSA and SGSA has teamed up to promote the importance of Safety Advisory Group (SAG) engaging with fans.

A SAG is a multi-agency group held by every local authority for a sports ground. It’s a vital forum for the local authority and others to discuss safety issues.  Its membership includes the local authority and its relevant departments, the sports ground, police, fire and ambulance services and any other relevant stakeholders.

A recent survey found 25 of the 93 SAGs for football grounds in the Premier League and English Football League (along with Wembley and the Principality Stadium) had formal fan engagement.

Over the next few months, the FSA and SGSA will share case studies of how fans engage with SAGs and provide advice and support to encourage others to increase their engagement with fans.

Martyn Henderson, Chief Executive of the SGSA, said: “The importance of engaging with fans in safety issues cannot be underestimated. It is a priority of the SGSA to increase our wok in this area because our purpose is to ensure everyone can enjoy live sport safely.

“We are currently in unprecedented times and as work starts to prepare for spectators to be re-admitted to sports grounds, it is a great opportunity to consider how SAGs can effectively engage with them.  Our aim is to provide SAGs with the confidence to effectively engage with fans.”

Kevin Miles, Chief Executive of the FSA, said: “The health and safety of football supporters is a primary concern for the FSA, and we are pleased to be working in partnership with the SGSA to encourage the involvement of fans with local SAGs.

“Preparations for the return of supporters to stadiums in these challenging times will be enhanced by the engagement of fans in the process, and working together can produce lasting benefits for fans, clubs, the police and local authorities.”