The excellent relationship which has developed since the crowd management and event security specialists became the FSOA’s main sponsor has been based on a strong commitment to taking crowd safety techniques to new levels and creating even safer environments within the country’s football stadia across a wide range of events.
This has ensured that the partnership has been beneficial to both parties, while also enhancing the experience for the public using many stadiums.
Showsec have worked on a number of initiatives with the FSOA, most notably providing additional crowd management and stewarding support for clubs in need of it, and specialised training for staff seeking to broaden their skills and knowledge.
This has enabled the Company to increase its presence in football and to work with many clubs from the Premier League to non-league level.
A good example of this was securing a three-year contract with Championship club Rotherham United after helping out in the 2014-15 season.
There are many other instances of this initiative working well, such as when Halifax Town required assistance for an FA Cup tie against local rivals Bradford City and likewise when Chorley FC also staged a big local derby against Barrow.
Showsec can offer a wide range of services to football clubs, both on match days or for other non-football events held at stadiums.
*Crowd management plans
*Control room operations
*Incident response teams
*Car park stewarding
We offer a bespoke service to suit specific requirements, no matter how large or small the event may be.
If you would like more information, please contact 0116 204 3333 (Option 1) or visit our website at www.showsec.co.uk
The partnership with the FSOA has already made a significant contribution to the enhancement of public safety at sports stadiums the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, and therefore helped to improve the match day experience for football supporters.
With a new long term agreement now in place, Showsec will continue to work on initiatives with the FSOA which are focused on crowd safety techniques.
It will also give them a platform on which to develop a presence in the national game most notable for the fact that they have varying degrees of involvement with a number of Premier League clubs including the reigning champions Leicester City, this season’s early pacesetters Manchester City, Stoke City, Crystal Palace and Sunderland.
But Showsec also operate at many other clubs at different levels throughout the Football League and have also worked with some non-league clubs.
Indeed, John Newsham, the FSOA’s Business Development and Membership Manager, commented: “This new agreement with Showsec means we can look at helping the lower league clubs to benefit from being a member of this association.
“It is not just the safety and security advice which they can offer to our members, they can also provide operational support on occasions when these clubs may be faced with a big match that presents challenges in terms of crowd control.”
“The excellence Showsec deliver in safety and security to many stadiums and the excellence they can still bring to other stadiums is of great benefit to us. It’s one reason why we are delighted to have them on board for another five years.”
He added: “Long may the partnership continue to grow and prosper for both parties, so that together we can put more back into the game.
“It will help to ensure that, wherever possible, people who go to football stadiums are as safe as they can be in the current climate.”
Alan Wallace, Showsec’s Regional Manager for the North, confirmed the new agreement in his address to the FSOA Conference, after which he also joined a panel of experts to take questions from representatives of many clubs.
He described the extended opportunity to work closely with the FSOA as “absolutely priceless” in terms of involvement in the game.
“While the FSOA may appear to be few in numbers, their influence stretches far and wide,” said Wallace. “It’s not just the 20 Premier League clubs at the top, but also the 92 Football League clubs and beyond that as well.
“Football is weaved into the fabric of every corner of daily life, so we are delighted that we have the chance to build on this partnership.”
He added: “The benefit for us that we are brought into the inner circle where we can engage with very influential people in our industry.
“This is much more than just a sponsorship though, it is a partnership in which we are very committed to making a big contribution in terms further advances in crowd safety so supporters get the maximum amount of enjoyment out of the game.”
*You can watch John Newsham and Alan Wallace discuss the new agreement by clicking HERE
NEW GRADUATES STRENGTHEN MANAGEMENT TEAM
THE DEVELOPMENT of Showsec’s management team has taken more significant steps forward in an ongoing commitment to achieving the highest degree of excellence.
Four of the Company’s Operations Executives have been awarded a Foundation Degree in Applied Professional Studies in Crowd Management, while the training of five managers will put them in a much stronger position to strengthen that infrastructure in the future.
Glen Stevenson, Simon Howard and Carlos Campbell donned gowns and mortarboards for a graduation ceremony which took place at the Derby Arena recently.
A fourth Operations Executive, Mark Norbury, has also received the Foundation Degree which represents another momentous landmark on their career journeys.
That development pathway is about to be enhanced by training being undertaken by a group of managers who will then be able to teach aspects of the Foundation Degree.
“Our partnership with the University of Derby’s Business Centre means that we are constantly looking at ways to remain at the forefront of management training in the industry,” commented Keith Hackett, Showsec’s Learning and Development Manager.
“The operational team has been further strengthened by the latest graduates acquiring a Foundation Degree and they are to be commended for their dedication and professionalism in combining those studies with an extremely busy workload.
“This Level 5 qualification means they are ready now to move on to greater things, making them potential candidates for the Area Manager’s programme in the future.”
Showsec work closely with the University of Derby’s Business Centre to create a Training and Development programme which gives individuals the best-possible career pathway.
That has involved five managers taking a teacher training course recently; Alan Wallace, Joe Milner, Ieuan Fury and Tom Bailey, who all received a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Applied Professional Studies in Crowd Management earlier this year, being joined by HR Manager Michelle Abdale.
“It is hugely beneficial to the progression of the business to be able to offer a quicker pathway to different levels of managerial qualifications and one way in which we can refine this programme is by doing a high proportion of the training in-house,” added Hackett.
“Once these five managers have completed this teacher training, they will be in a position to offer that support for Years 1 and 2 of the Foundation Degree.”
Hackett and Showsec’s Managing Director Mark Harding attended the graduation ceremony at Derby Arena to see the Operations Executives receive their Degrees.
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