Today marks the 10th anniversary of the SGSA

The SGSA was created to replace the Football Licensing Authority, which had been established to regulate football grounds in the top tiers of football in England and Wales after the Hillsborough disaster.

The SGSA’s remit was clear – to continue our legal duties, but also use the knowledge and experience gained over the previous 20 years to advise and support other sports across the whole of the UK and around the world.

Over the last 10 years, the SGSA has embraced these duties and worked internationally to reinforce and promote the importance of safety considerations in sports grounds.

This month we will be celebrating our anniversary by highlighting some of our most significant pieces of work and the impact they have had.  These include:

  • Improving safety across the whole of the UK
  • Producing world-leading guidance
  • Strengthening safety at global events, such as the Olympics 2012
  • Establishing a safety culture in Africa.

Importantly, we will demonstrate why the SGSA is now seen as the world-leader in sports grounds safety.  We have worked with 39 countries, sold over 4,500 guidance documents and generated nearly £2 million in income which has been reinvested into sports ground safety.  This is as well as continuing our legal duties, with over 1,750 matchday inspections completed.

Back in 2011, then Sports Minister Hugh Robertson announced the commencement of the SGSA, saying: “The Football Licensing Authority played a critical role in spectator safety at football grounds over the past two decades. The Sports Grounds Safety Authority will build on that success by taking its expertise and advice into other sports and ensure that spectator safety is properly implemented at all sports grounds.”

We believe we have achieved this, and continue to do so.