Counter-terrorism in sports grounds
For a number of years the UK has been at a threat level of severe (an attack is highly likely) and ground management should have developed plans that are in place 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.
These guidance notes have been developed by the SGSA in partnership with 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.
We have two guidance notes available which can be downloaded as a bundle below. The Green Guide provides further information on taking counter-terrorism measures into account within operational plans.
Planning for dynamic lockdown
It provides points ground /event management should consider when developing a dynamic lockdown plan 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.
Planning for increased threat levels
This is guidance for sports grounds management in relation to the development of ingress and egress plans within their operations manual or event management plan during periods of heightened alert when the national terrorist threat level increases, particularly when it is raised to critical
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How to calculate the safe capacity of a sports ground?
The responsibility for calculating the safe capacity of a ground rests with the ground management. Where any part or parts of a ground are covered by a safety certificate issued by the local authority the capacity calculated by ground management should be reviewed by the local authority and if validated included in the safety certificate. Further information and detail is available in the Green Guide.
When should the first annual inspection and structural appraisal be undertaken at a new, or recently completed, stadium?
It is usual that the safety certificate or operations manual will require ground management to obtain every 12 months , a report from a competent person that the structural elements have been inspected and found to be adequate.
What they're saying
“Fan safety at sports grounds is paramount. The world looks to us as an example of how to manage risks and improve safety records and this guide will continue to contribute to that legacy.”
Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in relation to the Green Guide