Preventing Crowd Disorder and Anti-Social Behaviour

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 guidance sets out the responsibilities and implications for dealing with crowd disorder and anti-social behaviour that could cause physical harm or injury. It addresses:

  • The respective responsibilities (including the statement of intent with regard to primacy) of the ground management and police for dealing with matters of crowd disorder and anti-social behaviour that could cause physical harm
  • The implications for sports grounds’ management, including the production of a written crowd disorder and anti-social behaviour plan
  • The implications for those regulating safety at sports grounds

Preventing Crowd Disorder and Anti Social Behaviour

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Pyrotechnics

Guidance on the safe handling and storage of flares and pyrotechnic devices.

What is a Safety Certificate?

Details about what a safety certificate is.

Legislation related to Policing

Iinformation from legislation relating to policing in sports grounds.

Alcohol – what are the rules?

The Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985 legislates the use of alcohol at football matches.

Insight

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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.

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.

Standing in Seated Areas

In this paper we examine the nature and causes of spectators standing in seated areas at Premier and Football League grounds.

Preparing Counter Terrorism Measures

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

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.

Safety Certificate Checklist

This checklist may be helpful for certifying authorities when checking safety certificates for possible changes as a result of the wider understanding of safety

Concourses

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

Safe and secure sports grounds for all sports

Counter terrorism advice for all sports grounds.

Guidance

What is the Statement of Intent?

If there is to be a police presence in or at the sports ground, management should discuss with the police the division of responsibilities and functions between the two parties; for example, whether particular tasks are to be undertaken by stewards or by police officers, and who will assume responsibility in particular circumstances. The outcome of these discussions should be recorded in a written and signed statement of intent.

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.