Preparing Counter-Terrorism Measures

The wider understanding of safety in relation to the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 and Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987 has led to a review of working practices and procedures at sports grounds to ensure that there are plans in place to deal with issues raised by the wider understanding.

This document contains guidance for sports grounds and local authorities when considering their responsibilities to counter the terrorist threat to sports grounds.

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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.

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Terrorism, Technology and Thinking – Key messages for Venue Safety

In this blog, Head of Inspectorate Ken Scott reflects on the challenges for modern stadiums.

What’s new in the 6th edition of the Green Guide?

The new Green Guide is launched in late 2018. This page details what is different from the 5th version. Further details is provided in the Guide itself.

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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.

CCTV Code of Practice

This code of practice replaces one first issued in 2000. Since then there have been advances in the way CCTV is used, the technology employed and the wider legal environment in which it operates.

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.

Control Rooms

Control Rooms provides an invaluable source of information for sports ground managers, designers, safety advisors and agencies involved in the upgrading of an existing facility or the design of a new one.