Emergency Planning College

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The Emergency Planning College (EPC) is one of a number of partners the SGSA works with to disseminate good practice in relation to safety at sports grounds. One example of this is the Public Safety at Sports Grounds and Events Course, which gives delegates the opportunity to learn about and apply safety management principles to sports grounds and event.

The course was developed in partnership between the EPC and the SGSA and we regularly provide an SGSA inspector to speak on the course, which provides a great opportunity for us to meet representatives from local authorities, sports grounds, the emergency services and others, and to hear their views on current challenges and issues.

The course is designed to help those involved in spectator safety to understand the implications of key legislation and guidance, identify safety management challenges and solutions, and apply risk assessment techniques to a variety of venues and events. This sounds like a lot to pack into a couple of days, but the interactive nature of the sessions and the use of case studies and real experience make for an interesting and useful time.

This is just one of a number of courses within the EPC’s Crowd and Public Safety Faculty, and they also offer a range of other services, such as tailored ‘table top’ exercises, including real-time simulation exercises enabling delegates to test their emergency plans while gaining ‘real-life’ experience in dealing with a major incident.

The EPC also recently introduced monthly interactive webinars covering a variety of different topics delivered by subject matter expert trainers. On 30th January Sarah Williams, an experienced equality and diversity practitioner, used the webinar format to share her experiences working with 12 sports and in particular her work with Rugby League Governing Body, its clubs and Ground Safety Officers to create a positive match day experience for disabled supporters. 

Future webinars will cover topics such as changes in legislation, updates on inquiries, and discussions on recent events, and we’ll be watching with interest, and possibly even delivering a webinar or two of our own. If you can think of any topics you’d find particularly useful for this format then do let us know, or check out the EPC website for more information.