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 and it can be downloaded here

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Tools and resources

ACT Awareness e-learning

ACT Awareness eLearning is a new CT awareness product designed for all UK based companies and organisations. Counter Terrorism Police are aiming to deliver awareness training to more than a million crowded places workers with the help of a ground-breaking new free of charge e-learning package.

Preparing Counter-Terrorism Measures

This document contains 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 is available from the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) on preventing crowd disorder and anti-social behaviour at sports grounds.

Historic Home Office Circulars

Historical Home Office Circulars relating to sports grounds safety can be downloaded here as a bundle.

Safe and secure sports grounds for all sports

Following the terrorist incidents in France that took place in 2015, the UK National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) has been reviewing its advice. The SGSA has been working with NaCTSO to ensure sports grounds are kept updated and has developed some advice specifically for 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.