Engaging with Supporters

The front cover of the new SGSA supported FSF publication, 'Engaging with Supporters'.

The SGSA is supporting a new document produced by the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) promoting the benefits of engaging with supporters on safety issues.

The Engaging with Supporters report encourages football supporters to get involved with their local Safety Advisory Group (SAG) and encourages local authorities to engage with supporters.

Karen Eyre-White, Chief Executive said: "The SGSA is pleased to support the FSF’s Spectator Engagement document.

"Spectators have an important role to play in contributing to the safety at sports grounds. They bring a unique insight and understanding of the issues, behaviours and traditions of their clubs which will benefit both the planning and safety management on match day.

"We know we are safest when we all work together and we would welcome spectators getting involved in safety matters. We encourage clubs and Safety Advisory Group’s to find ways to engage with spectators to enhance spectator safety at sports grounds."

FSF chief executive Kevin Miles said: "We welcome the SGSA lending its support to this report. It's incredibly important that the views of football supporters are built into the decision making process on matchday safety and security.

"Match-going fans have experienced the theory in practice - their experience means they know what works and what doesn't. This is an invaluable perspective for any safety advisory group."

The report highlights best practice from around the country including work between Northumbria Police and fans on the Tyne-Wear derby and local authorities engaging with supporters during the Merseyside derby. 

In the long term, the FSF wants to see fan representatives become a permanent fixture on local SAGs and this report has advice for local authorities on how to have meaningful engagement with supporters.

Engaging with Supporters can be downloaded http://www.fsf.org.uk/assets/Downloads/News/2016/FSF-and-SGSA-engaging-with-supporters-2016-web-final.pdf