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.

Sports grounds generally have effective security and safety measures in place. However, it is important not to be complacent. This advice complements and supports the NaCTSO guidance, and is aimed at providing specific advice to sports grounds and event organisers to help with any review or planning you might be undertaking.

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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.

Insight

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.

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.

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.

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.