The Sports Grounds Safety Authority is the UK Government’s expert body on safety at sports grounds. We write guidance including the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (the “Green Guide”) and carry out a range of statutory functions in relation to football in England and Wales and advisory functions in relation to other sports both within the UK and internationally.
Our core statutory functions are set out in the Football Spectators Act 1989 and the Sports Ground Safety Authority Act 2011. We have an important statutory responsibility to regulate local authorities in their oversight of safety at the 92 football clubs in the Premier League and the Football League, and at Wembley and the Principality Stadium.
We also issue licences to those 94 stadia to enforce the Government’s all-seater policy. Since 2011 our expanded remit allows us to share our expertise and support not only with football in England and Wales, but with other sports and across the world. We aim to share our expertise as widely as we can, whilst remaining focused on our purpose and keeping our statutory role front and centre.
Our purpose is to ensure sports grounds are safe for everyone. We will do this by sharing knowledge, advice and guidance on safety design and management, and by working in partnership to educate and influence.
We pride ourselves on the following values, which set out how we operate and how we work with our partners.
We strive for excellence in all we do, from the professional service we deliver to the trusted and independent advice we provide. Our expert guidance is based on our experience and the best available evidence. We work with honesty and integrity. We believe in developing inclusive and mutually beneficial relationships, utilising the skills, experience and knowledge of every partner to meet our shared goals.
We know we are #Safertogether when we work together.
The SGSA aims to create the conditions for safe and enjoyable experiences for spectators at all sports grounds in England and Wales and around the world. It provides trusted independent advice and guidance, and uses its experience and commitment to drive continuous improvement. The SGSA works with our partners to educate and inform, and champions innovation in safety management.
Our long-term vision is to be the world’s leading authority on sports ground safety. We want to be the ‘go-to’ body globally for advice on sports ground safety design and management, and the spectator safety provider of choice for all major sporting events.
Our Strategic Goals
We will pursue five strategic goals to achieve our vision.
To operate as an effective regulator of local authorities in keeping with our duties under the Football Spectators Act 1989, and to help create the conditions for effective safety management in football grounds in England and Wales.
To provide training and support education opportunities to help develop an effective safety culture in sports grounds across the UK and the world, setting the standards for safety management. We will also continue to learn and develop as an organisation.
To provide trusted advice and share our expertise on sports ground safety design and management to national governing bodies, sports authorities, organisers of major sports events and other partners to ensure all spectators can enjoy sport in safety and comfort.
To promote spectator safety and accessible stadia particularly at a strategic level and enhance the reputation of UK plc through our international work, paving the way for UK businesses. We will promote innovative approaches to delivering safety at sports grounds and be the ‘thought leaders’ for integrated safety management. Deliver To deliver high-quality customer service and excellent value for money in all that we do, and become more financially independent by generating income which we can reinvest in our purpose.
We want our work to make a real difference to standards of spectator safety in England and Wales, and across the world. In particular, we want to see an improvement in:
- The number of injuries and fatalities at sports grounds; and
- The perception of safety at sports grounds.
We will work closely with local authorities, governing bodies, sports grounds and other partners to deliver these outcomes.
SGSA inspectors come from a wide range of backgrounds and have an extensive knowledge of the event and spectator safety industry, their expertise includes:
- Green Guide compliance and authorship
- Local authority senior management
- Public order and football policing
- Emergency planning
- Event and stadia management
- Chair and membership of safety advisory groups
- Multi-sport, multi-venue management (including London Olympics 2012)
- Seminar leadership and planning
- Public safety and licensing management
- Fire safety planning
- New stadia construction
- Training of event managers and safety officers
The SGSA offers a number of services to sports governing bodies and sports stadia, including:
- Stadium inspections
- Advice on capacity calculations
- Green Guide compliance for new stadia
- Training for stadium safety staff at all levels
- Conference presentation and organisation
- Advice on the development of Operations Manuals and other documentation