Consultation on the Green Guide begins

The front cover of the Green Guide

The Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds (Green Guide) is being revised and due for publication at the end of 2017. The SGSA is now consulting stakeholders on the content and is inviting comments and suggestions for consideration.

The current 5th edition was published in 2008, and provides world-leading safety guidance for sports ground management, professional advisers and regulatory authorities.

The primary purpose of the Green Guide is to provide guidance on the safe capacity of a sports ground. The Guide’s secondary purpose is to identify good practice and standards against which existing and proposed structures and safety management systems can be assessed and, if possible improved. The fundamental principles and purpose of the Green Guide will remain, whilst the new edition will reflect changes in regulation, developments in technology, design and safety management.

The consultation provides stakeholders with an opportunity to contribute to the improvement of the Green Guide, to ensure it reflects industry developments and remains relevant for all sports.

SGSA Chief Executive Karen Eyre-White said “The Green Guide is recognised as a leading publication in spectator safety and is used as a valuable reference tool and guidance document for sports grounds around the world.

“We all share the same goal for spectators to enjoy watching sport in safety, and the views of those involved in the spectator safety community are important in ensuring this is achieved. We encourage stakeholders and industry to tell us their views.”

The SGSA welcomes comments and suggestions for the next edition of the Green Guide from any interested persons. It particularly welcomes practical suggestions as to why specific parts of the Guide require updating or improving and how this might best be achieved.  It would be helpful for associations and governing bodies to submit a collective reply.

Please submit your views by completing the Green Guide Consultation form and emailing it to by Friday 18 March 2016.