Sports Grounds Safety Authority Joint Consultation Update

In February 2017, the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) launched a joint consultation on its vision for safety regulation at sports grounds.

The system of safety regulation is one of the most robust in the world, with local authorities working in partnership with sports grounds to ensure safety remains a priority. But it is important not to be complacent and as a proactive regulator it is the SGSA's duty ensure the system remains flexible and responsive to today’s challenges.

The joint consultation set out the SGSA’s view on what safety means in the current context and how it proposes safety should be regulated to ensure it continues to be fit for purpose for the future.

The SGSA sought views from the sector on the potential implications for local authorities, sports grounds and the SGSA.

Part 1 of the consultation document set out the SGSA’s view that safety at sports grounds should include protection from any danger that could cause physical harm or injury to all people in a sports ground.

Part 2 of the consultation document set out the powers the SGSA has under the Football Spectator’s Act 1989, and how it intends to use them in the future and included a proposed Oversight and Licensing Policy.

The consultation closed on 19th May 2017. Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond. We received 75 responses from across the sector and are currently analysing and considering the responses. The SGSA response will be published later this Summer.