Responses to the consultation on a Wider Definition of Safety

In February 2017, the SGSA issued a consultation that sought the views of stakeholders on:

  • Part 1 – The implications of a review of the term ‘safety’ in the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 which explained that safety is a broad term which means that all people present at a sports ground during an event are protected against dangers of physical harm or injury arising from being present. This includes everyone at a sports ground being protected from the risks from terrorist activity, crowd disorder and anti-social behaviour.
  • Part 2 – The SGSA’s discharge of its oversight and licensing powers under the Football Spectators Act 1989 and a draft SGSA Oversight and Licensing Policy.

We have carefully considered the responses from the consultation and have published our response to the joint consultation with associated guidance notes and FAQs.

Wider definition consultation response

Check the regulations

About Designated Grounds

Details about what a designated ground is.

Legislation related to policing

Information from legislation relating to policing in sports grounds.

Monitoring Local Authorities

Details of how the SGSA monitors local authorities.

Tools and resources

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.


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.