Safety and Security at Sports Grounds

International Assignment Examples

2007 to 2016 – Independent Experts

Since 2007, IWI consultants have been engaged in a wide range of sports safety and security projects for multiple clients in over 30 countries in Europe and the Middle East. Much of the work has been of international significance and the details are confidential, however examples of assignments in the public domain are set out below.

2012 to 2014 - Event and Venue Management Institute (EVMI), Bussum, The Netherlands

Steve Frosdick is an EVMI Tutor in safety and security and strategic management. He is also involved in ongoing knowledge products work with the Institute and its sister company, The Stadium Consultancy. During 2013 he was part of the team which developed the Stadium Management Operations Guide. This is a multi-media web-based tool which covers the practical side of the stadium management business. Steve's main area of responsibility was researching and writing the topic overviews and good practice case studies contained within the guide.

2011 and 2013 - Centre for the Law and Economics of Sport (CDES), Limoges, France

Engaged as Faculty to participate in CDES Stadium Manager Diploma field trips to Germany and the Netherlands. Steve gave eight hours of lectures (in French) on safety and security management over two days of the field trips.

2011 to 2012 - Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick, Ireland.

Contracted to provide 'mystery spectator' and inspection services to observe, critique and report on operational safety and security performance at this international rugby venue.

2011 – Safety and Security Review – British High Commission, Nicosia, Cyprus

Invited with the Head of Safety and Security at the English Football Association to meet government and police leaders and to observe the match operations at two high risk fixtures in the Cyprus League. Following the meetings and observations, a critique was prepared and presented to a national seminar of political representatives, police officers, stadium managers and football clubs. The critique and all-day seminar drew extensive national television and press coverage.

2010 – ‘Mystery Spectator’ Services – Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Contracted by the Stadium Management Company to provide ‘mystery spectator’ services to observe, critique and report on the operational performance of the safety and security management and stewarding systems at this newly opened 50,000 capacity venue. The observations and report compared operational performance between three international rugby, international football and domestic football matches.

2009 – Matchday Organisation – Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin

Commissioned to research and recommend a matchday safety and security organisation. The recommendation was derived from a synthesis of the various international guidance documents together with a comparative analysis of the matchday organisation at major European stadia staging multiple events.

2008 – Safety and Security Management – Superleague Formula

Appointed to lead the management of the safety and security function for a brand new sports concept which combines motor racing and football (see www.superleagueformula.com). The planning work for the 2008 season involved liaison with the six European racing circuits and the 18 participating international football clubs to review their intended arrangements and to prepare the necessary risk assessments. The role also included an operational oversight function at the race meetings themselves.

2007 – Safety and Security Study Visit to London – City of Paris

Appointed by the Deputy Mayor to manage a study visit to London for twelve dignitaries from the City of Paris and from the French Premier Football League Club Paris St Germain. The role involved organising and leading a seminar addressed by leading UK experts from the Home Office, the UK Football Policing Unit, the Football Licensing Authority and Arsenal Football Club. The work also included hosting a dinner and a match day visit to West Ham United FC.

2007 – Safety and Security Audit – AS Nancy-Lorraine, Tomblaine, France

Appointed to lead a full independent audit of the safety and security management arrangements and systems at the Stade Marcel Picot, home of the French Premier Football League side AS Nancy-Lorraine. The role required scoping the audit with the club’s senior management, designing the audit tool, leading the audit team to benchmark the management arrangements and systems against UK policy and best practice, hosting a seminar for various stakeholders and writing the report (9,000 words in French). The recommendations were all accepted by the club.

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