The Football Supporters’ Association and the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) have teamed up to promote the importance of Safety Advisory Group (SAG) engagement with fans.
A SAG is a multi-agency group held by every local authority for a sports ground and a vital forum for the local authority and others to discuss safety issues.
Its membership includes bodies such as the local council, football club, police, fire and ambulance services, and any other relevant stakeholders.
A recent survey found 25 of the 93 SAGs for football grounds in the Premier League and English Football League (along with Wembley and the Principality Stadium) had formal fan engagement in place.
Kevin Miles, chief executive of the FSA, said: “The health and safety of football supporters is a primary concern for the FSA, and we are pleased to be working in partnership with the SGSA to encourage the involvement of fans with local SAGs.
“Preparations for the return of supporters to stadiums in these challenging times will be enhanced by the engagement of fans in the process, and working together can produce lasting benefits for fans, clubs, the police and local authorities.”
Over the next few months, the FSA and SGSA will share case studies of how fans engage with SAGs and provide advice and support to encourage others to increase their discussions with fans.
Martyn Henderson, chief executive of the SGSA, said: “The importance of engaging with fans in safety issues cannot be underestimated. It is a priority of the SGSA to increase our work in this area because our purpose is to ensure everyone can enjoy live sport safely.
“We are currently in unprecedented times and as work starts to prepare for spectators to be re-admitted to sports grounds, it is a great opportunity to consider how SAGs can effectively engage with them.
“Our aim is to provide SAGs with the confidence to effectively engage with fans.”
- If you’re from a supporters’ group and would like advice on how to engage your local SAG please contact the FSA.