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 Safety at Sports Grounds During Construction

Guidance on how to ensure that reasonable standards of public safety can be maintained whilst construction operations are in progress.

Concession Facilities at Sports Grounds

Guidance on concessions and other allied services at sports grounds, such as food stalls, broadcast equipment and retail shops and kiosks.

Guide to Electrical and Mechanical Services at Sports Grounds

Detailed advice on electrical and mechanical services at sports grounds for Certifying Authorities and for those responsible for crowd safety at sporting events.

Temporary Demountable Structures

This guidance from the Institution of Structural Engineers provide guidance on the procurement, design, erection and use of temporary demountable structures.

Accessible Stadia

A good practice guide to accessibility and the design of facilities to meet the needs of disabled spectators and other users.

Alternative uses of Sports Grounds

Alternative Uses provides guidance to stadium owners, operators, local authorities, promoters and event organisers to help adapt existing sports grounds to safely accommodate a range of events.

Concourses

Our Concourses document contains helpful information including advice on occupancy levels and floor space factors.

On the Sidelines

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.

Guidance

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.