Statement of Intent

If there is to be a police presence in or at the sports ground, management should discuss with the police the division of responsibilities and functions between the two parties; for example, whether particular tasks are to be undertaken by stewards or by police officers, and who will assume responsibility in particular circumstances.

The outcome of these discussions should be recorded in a written and signed statement of intent.

Is The Statement Of Intent A Request For Police Services?

No. The statement of intent is a management statement not a legal document. It does not constitute a conscious or implied request for police services.

What Happens If There Is A Dispute Between The Ground Management And The Police Over Payment?

Non payment of a bill for the provision of police services should be treated in the same way as any other non payment of a debt. This which include instituting proceedings for the recovery of monies owed.

 

Check the regulations

Which parts of a ground should be covered by a Safety Certificate?

The terms and conditions of the safety certificate should cover all areas to which the spectators have access, including restaurants, licensed bars, and concourses.

About Designated Grounds

Details about what a designated ground is.

What is a Safety Certificate?

Details about what a safety certificate is.

Licences issued by SGSA

Information about the licences issued by SGSA

Legislation related to Policing

Information from legislation relating to policing in sports grounds.

Monitoring Local Authorities

Details of how the SGSA monitors local authorities.

What is a Regulated Stand?

A regulated stand is any covered stand with accommodation for 500 or more spectators, whether seated or standing.

Alcohol – what are the rules?

The Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985 legislates the use of alcohol at football matches.

Tools and resources

Which Events At A Sports Ground Should Be Covered By The Provisions Of A Safety Certificate?

Details of the events at a sports ground covered by provisions of a safety certificate.

Guide to Safety Certification

The Guide to Safety Certification is intended to assist local authorities to identify, apply and enforce the terms and conditions that it prescribes in the safety certificate.

Preventing Crowd Disorder and Anti-Social Behaviour

Guidance on preventing crowd disorder and anti-social behaviour at sports grounds.

Responses to the consultation on a Wider Definition of Safety

Responses to the SGSA consultation on the implications of a review of the term ‘safety’ in the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975.

Guidance

Support for Local Authorities – Policies and Procedures

Guidance to assist local authorities to develop appropriate policies and procedures, or to review existing ones, for safety certification

Safety for all at sports grounds

This guidance note describes the interactions between the different legislation in this area and the impacts on the safety management of a sports ground thereby protecting all those present, including spectators, staff, contractors and participants.