“It was a pleasure to represent #TeamFGH alongside many of our Operational Managers at the FSOA conference this year. The FSOA work tirelesly to support Safety Officers throughout the UK and as always, it was a very well attended and superbly managed event. We are very much looking forward to 2024”
Area Manager, Daniel Frimpong, who oversees our Steward and Security provision at Wembley Stadium and Vicarage Road said;
Often in the background, working hard in the Control Room, Safety Officers play a critical role in #KeepingPeopleSafe. Responsible for ensuring the safety of 10’000’s spectators, coordinating 100’s of Stewards, liaising with Match & Club Officials, and many other essential tasks, the role of the Safety Officer cannot be underestimated.
The role of a Safety Officer at UK football stadia was introduced following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, where 96 people lost their lives due to overcrowding and inadequate safety measures. A coroner later ruled that Andrew Devine, 55, who died 32 years after suffering severe and irreversible brain damage at Hillsborough, was unlawfully killed, and that therefore he was legally the 97th victim.
Following the disaster, the UK Government implemented one of the key recommendations from the Taylor Report, which was the appointment of a Safety Officer at each football ground to ensure the safety of spectators, and this has been a requirement for all football clubs in the country since then. The Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA), a UK government agency funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, is responsible for overseeing safety at sports grounds in England and Wales, including football grounds, and its role is to ensure that sports grounds meet the necessary safety standards while working with clubs and venue owners to manage risks and ensure the safety of spectators.