Safety4Sport has been developed to offer bespoke and professional assistance and advise on the safety of the participants and spectators at all sports grounds (which meet the definition below), whether or not a safety certificate is in force.
The Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 defines a sports ground as:
‘A place where sports or other competitive activities take place in the open air, and where accommodation has been provided for spectators, consisting of artificial structures or of natural structures artificially modified for the purpose.’
The management of these grounds has a primary responsibility and duty of care for the safety of everyone associated with the event and should therefore apply the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 in order to achieve safe conditions.
Responsibility for the safety lies at all times with the ground management. The management will normally be either the owner or lessee of the ground, who may not necessarily be the promoter of the event.
Grounds to which the Act applies are likely to include those which stage the following sports. This list is not intended to be comprehensive:
The objective of Safety4Sport is to provide guidance to ground
management, technical specialists such as architects and engineers, and representatives of all relevant authorities, in order to assist them in the assessment of how safety can be accommodated within a sports arena.
Safety4Sport also provides guidance on measures intended to improve safety at existing grounds, in terms of safety management, while taking into account the constraints and difficulties which may exist at these grounds.
In addition a guidance on how to apply good practice in the design and management of new grounds or newly constructed sections of grounds and at the same time remembered that the principal objective is “to secure reasonable safety at the sports ground when it is in use for the specified activity” (as stated in section 2(1) of the Safety of Sports Ground Act 1975).
Safety4Sport offers a flexible approach to take account of the individual type, function and layout of grounds. The requirements of spectators at horse or greyhound racing tracks, for example, are in many instances fundamentally different from those attending grounds used for football or rugby.
Whatever the sport, it should also be recognised that safety concerns are often directly related to the nature of specific events and the number of spectators attending.
It should also be remembered that the greatest risk to safety is complacency.
Responsibility for the safety of everyone who attend an event lies at all times with the ground management. The management will normally be either the owner or lessee of the ground, who may not necessarily be the promoter of the event.
In discharging its responsibility, Safety4Sport will assist the management needs to recognise that safety should not be seen as a set of rules or conditions imposed by others, but rather as standards set from within which reflect a safety culture at the sports ground.
Safety4Sport will install a simple and positive attitude and system that can be demonstrated by the management and is therefore crucial in ensuring that safety policies are carried out effectively and willingly.
Safety4Sport will introduce policies that take into consideration the safety of all spectators, including, for example, those with disabilities, the elderly, families and children.
Safety4Sport understands that your representatives of management cannot, be expected to possess all the technical knowledge and skills required to assess and apply every recommendation in the act
Safety4Sport offer a facility have to, whenever required, seek guidance from a competent persons who have the relevant qualifications, skills and experience
Safety4Sport can when required, liaise with the representatives of the local authority together with police, fire and ambulance officers, and will advise management on how to discharge their responsibility, and advise on what are the require measures to be taken in order to achieve the council emergency services requirements and safety standards.
It is all about a balance
Safety at sports grounds is achieved by establishing a balance between good safety management and a good safety plan.
In this respect, safety at sports grounds cannot be achieved simply by ensuring that individual components of a ground – such as a safety plan is in place and stairways, gangways, seated areas or terraces – are satisfactory in themselves. The inter-relation of these and other components is critical. None can be treated in isolation without consideration of the effect its design and management has upon the other components. They should all be compatible and combine to form a balanced unit.