The Sports Grounds Safety Authority Publishes Five Year Strategy

The front cover of the new SGSA five year Strategy

The SGSA has published its new five year strategy which sets out its vision and explains how it will share its expertise for the benefit of more spectators and more sports around the world. 

The SGSA’s purpose to ensure all spectators can enjoy watching sport in safety is unchanged but it has a new ambitious vision to be the world’s leading authority on sports grounds safety.

The strategy is published following acceptance of its proposals by the Department of Culture Media and Sport and the positive outcome for the SGSA in November’s Spending Review.

The organisation will continue to fulfil its statutory responsibility in football but will seek opportunities to share expertise with other sports and countries in a more commercial way, in order to become more financially sustainable for the future. 

SGSA Chair, Alan Coppin said “Our commitment to our statutory responsibility in football is as strong as ever, and we will continue to work with the football authorities, clubs and local authorities on this important work."

He issues a reminder about the importance of spectator safety and avoiding complacency “We must ensure we are never complacent about spectator safety. We will strive to keep spectator safety on the agenda in the boardroom of every club and sports ground so that all spectators can enjoy going to a sports ground, confident that their safety is our priority.”

SGSA Chief Executive, Karen Eyre-White said “This new strategy sets out our ambitious vision to be the world’s leading authority on sports ground safety. We will do this by sharing our expertise as widely as possible with other sports and countries, continuing our valuable work in football and always putting spectators at the heart of what we do. We will be guided by our simple purpose to ensure all spectators can enjoy watching sport in safety and our values of excellence, independence, integrity and partnership.

In a new 6th edition of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (the Green Guide) we will set the standard for safety at sports grounds in England and Wales and beyond.”

Sports Grounds Safety Authority Strategy 2016 – 2021 (PDF)

Sports Grounds Safety Authority Summary (PDF)