Pyrotechnics

In February 2011 the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) issued guidance to clubs on the safe handling and storage of flares and pyrotechnic devices. Since then the number of devices discharged at football grounds has increased and the range has diversified, including smoke bombs and thunderflashes as well as flares.

It is important that staff are trained and equipped to deal safely with any pyrotechnics brought into the ground, and that spectators are also made aware of the dangers associated with discharging such devices and the potential legal consequences for them should they do so.

Following discussions with the Football Association, Football League and Premier League, we have updated our guidance to include the wider range of pyrotechnic devices.

Handling Pyrotechnics

Tools and resources

Installing dual purpose seating and standing areas

Guidance for stadiums considering the installation of dual purpose seating and standing areas.

Historic Circulars

Historic Home Office and DCMS Circulars affecting football and sports grounds.

Counter terrorism awareness online course

Action Counter Terrorism (ACT) Awareness eLearning is a free online counter terrorism training course for all UK based companies and organisations.

Preparing Counter Terrorism Measures

Guidance for sports grounds and local authorities when considering their responsibilities to counter the terrorist threat to sports grounds.

Preventing Crowd Disorder and Anti-Social Behaviour

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

Safe and secure sports grounds for all sports

Counter terrorism advice for all sports grounds.

Guidance

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.