Expert Opinion and Speeches

Fan Experience – Active Supporter Groups

Andrew Cooke Director Security Operations

Creating a compelling active supporter fan experience is vital to producing a world-class sporting event. Designing a safe, enjoyable and high quality active supporter-orientated event ensures the success of the match, team, club and governing body.

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Haass Uses Keynote Speech to Reinforce Need to Protect Sport

President of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass used his keynote address at Securing Sport to reinforce the benefits of sport and emphasize how organisations such as the ICSS need to help protect it.

Speaking at the opening of the event held in New York, Haass called on all attendees to not only share their ideas throughout the two day conference but follow through on them.

“For those of us who are students of what is going on in the world, sports can be revealing,” said Haaas.

“Sports need to be safe for all those participating and all those attending events.”

Haass also talked about the important role sport plays in society and the influence of athletes.

“Sports can be a critical refuge for divided and war-torn societies,” added Haass.

“Athletes have an obligation and opportunity to be a role model for the virtues of exercise and health.”

Sexwale – The Power of Sport Kept us Alive in Prison

FIFA Presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale told a packed room at Securing Sport that sport helped keep him alive while in prison.

South African Sexwale was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela and told the conference in New York that “one of the things that kept us alive on Robben Island was the power of sport.”

During his impassioned speech he spoke of how racism threat to sport and society.

“I want to talk about something that has crossed my heart. The biggest threat to sport is racism,” said Sexwale.

“Racism is a societal ill that also needs to be combated beyond the field of play.”

During his keynote speech Sexwale also spoke about the current issues of FIFA and claimed “We in FIFA brought ourselves to this position by failing to adhere to certain basic standards.”

Wearable security

Tracey Caldwell examines how wearable technology is being used across the sport sector,

from supporting security to monitoring athletes and enhancing spectators’ experiences,

exploring the direct and indirect impacts, as well as the issues that will confront security

managers as these technologies proliferate

This year looks set to be the year of wearable technology – and the signs are that sports events will be among the early adopters, particularly in order to support safety and security.
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Safety and Security challenges for protecting stadia and sport venues

Andrew Cooke Director Security Operations

The ‘risk is real’ for major sporting events…and therefore safety and security must be integrated and considered at the earliest stages of stadia design. A typical risk assessment considers threats, vulnerabilities and the impact of the incidents on the event itself. However, games-time threats are difficult, if not impossible, to predict at the beginning of the design phase, which could be many years before the actual event, takes places.

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Feature Standards Needed for Education & Training

Applying an international standard for educating and training safety and security staff is vital to avoid repeating past incidents, argues Helmut Spahn.

In March, the current inquest into the Hillsborough football stadium disaster of 1989 heard from the police match commander on the day, former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield. He told the inquest jury that he ”was probably not the best man for the job on the day… [and] with hindsight, I should have thought about my limited knowledge of the role of a commander in a major event that was an all-ticket sell-out, when I had not been responsible, or in that responsible position, previously.
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