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Enhancing safety and security at cricket

Since 2016, we have supported the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in improving safety and security at grounds.

In April 2016 we signed a partnership agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to enhance spectator safety and security at domestic and international grounds.

Since that time, we have supported safety at sports grounds at cricket grounds across the country, which has led to developments in safety and security.

In April 2021, we signed a new five-year contract with the ECB. This embeds the SGSA’s involvement in safety at cricket for the next five years and enables long-term planning in the support and advice we provide.

Our work with cricket grounds has included:

  • Conducting safety audits and reviewing procedures on matchday and non-matchdays.
  • Provide training for county cricket Chief Executives, safety officers and ground management
  • Facilitating tabletop exercises to test plans
  • Attending Safety Advisory Groups to advise on safety issues
  • Supporting the safety management team of the ECB on developing national safety policies

In March 2023, we developed bespoke one-day training courses covering issues including capacity calculations, contingency planning and Operations Manuals. These were positively received, with feedback including “very well presented and good breakout groups to share ideas and thoughts”.

In 2019 we also conducted a review of the Lords and Old Trafford grounds to ensure stands were in line with the sixth edition of the Green Guide. This was completed ahead of the Cricket World Cup 2019.

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