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International case studies reviewed at PLC 2016/17 Pre-Season Workshop


The second day of the Pro League Committee’s 2016/17 Pre-Season Workshop took place on Friday 26th August in Abu Dhabi, with the main topics on the day’s agenda covering safety, security, and international standards of match organization. 


Dr. Steve Frosdick, Consultant, Scholar and Independent Expert on safety and security at sports grounds, began the day’s proceedings with a video-based presentation illustrating the dangers that can lead to serious security breaches, threats, injuries and deaths in football stadia and stressed the importance of making each and every stadium as safe an environment as possible for fans, staff and players alike.  


Mark Blackbourne then took to the stage to share his international experience as a UEFA, FIFA and Premier League Match Commissioner (Match Delegate), having worked in 32 of the 55 member states of UEFA. Blackbourne discussed the roles and responsibilities of a Match Commissioner and gave a detailed description of match organisation as per UEFA standards, as well as sharing his personal experience of escaping the Heysel Stadium riot disaster in Belgium in 1985. Next of the international experts to present was Maximilian Von Portatius, UEFA Venue Director, who continued on a similar theme by imparting his knowledge of match organisation in Europe including details of the pre-match countdown and the importance of good communication for a smooth match organisation process. 


The Pro League Committee then presented a series of case studies and examples witnessed during the previous campaign in relation to match organisation, stadium setup, safety and security, facilitating an open discussion about how to improve on the work of clubs and private security companies employed on match days. The second day of the Pre-Season Workshop concluded with a session providing an overview of the updated online accreditation system for the 2016/17 season. A range of topics including marketing, communications and cooling breaks will be on the agenda for the third and final day of the workshop on Saturday. 

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