Equality And Human Rights Commission Report on Premier League Accessibility
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published its report on the progress Premier League clubs have made into achieving the standards for disabled supporters as set out in the Accessible Stadia guidance.
The EHRC report finds that most Premier League clubs have made significant improvements in the provision they provide for disabled supporters.
The SGSA welcomes the progress made by clubs in meeting the standards and making grounds more accessible and welcoming for all supporters.
The SGSA welcomes the recommendation by the EHRC for the SGSA to continue to work with the Commission, the Premier League and other stakeholders to create guidance which clarifies how hospitality areas should be considered in relation to accessible provision.
Karen Eyre-White, Chief Executive Sports Grounds Safety Authority said “Premier League clubs have made considerable progress in making their grounds accessible for all their supporters since the commitment in 2015.
“We all have a part to play in ensuring all supporters can follow their team in safety and comfort. We will continue to work in partnership with the Premier League, the EHRC and the sector to ensure advice and guidance on accessibility at sports grounds enables all supporters to enjoy live sport”.
Tools and resources
Guide to Concessionaire Facilities at Sports Grounds
This document provides further guidance on the matters to be considered when concessionaire and other allied services are provided at sports grounds.The guidance covers catering and hospitality; mobile and fast food stalls, TV and radio broadcast equipment and facilities, betting and gambling facilities, programme and publication sales and finally, souvenir and other retail shops and kiosks.
Guide to Electrical and Mechanical Services at Sports Grounds
This document provides detailed advice on electrical and mechanical services at sports grounds for Certifying Authorities and for those responsible for crowd safety at sporting events. The document expands upon the Green Guide advice, and will assist those unfamiliar with electrical and mechanical installations to appreciate some of the related safety issues. The Guide also contains specimen inspection and test certificates.
Temporary Demountable Structures
This fourth edition (2017) contains essential information on the procurement, design, erection and use of temporary demountable structures, including: grandstands; stages; fabric structures; hospitality units; and fencing and barriers. Towers and masts that support media facilities are also included.
This comprehensive publication brings together the background information central to designing and providing for disabled spectators at stadia. It lays out clearly the requirements and obligations of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA), related codes of practice and key sources of reference. The publication provides an invaluable source of information and guidance for developers, management, designers and access consultants.
Concourses draws upon the views and experience of safety officers, leading stadia architects and engineers in addition to the survey work of the Core Cities group of local authorities. It examines how floor space factors are applied in other similar venues and contains clear advice on concourse occupancy levels and floor space factors which will provide an invaluable source of information for sports ground managers, designers, safety advisors and interested agencies when upgrading existing or designing new facilities at sports grounds.
On the Sidelines
The British Library hosts a summary of the first ever comprehensive survey of disabled supporters, conducted jointly by the FSADC and the Sir Norman Chester Centre for football Research. A second publication, "Designing for Spectators with Disabilities" provides practical guidance on interpreting and implementing the revisions to Part M of the Building Regulations.
Dynamic Performance and Testing of Grandstands
Dynamic performance requirements for permanent grandstands subject to crowd action - Interim guidance on assessment and design.The principal advice given in the Guidance concerns the recommended vertical natural frequencies and horizontal load resistance of grandstands considered necessary to provide the safety and comfort of the public at a range of sporting and other entertainment events.
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
The safe capacity calculations of all of our stadiums by SGSA was a game changer for us, we enforced the number strictly and all the fans really appreciated the more safe and welcoming environment at the venues.
Javier Ceppi. Local Organising Committee, FIFA Under 17 World Cup Tournament Director