Sports Grounds Safety Authority join The Rugby Union Safety Association (RUSA)
We at the Sports Grounds Safety Authority continues to expand our advisory functions in relation to spectator safety at all sports grounds and we are delighted to announce that we have been accepted as members of the Rugby Union Safety Association (RUSA).
RUSA was formed in 2005 and the main aims of the Association are:
$1· To maintain and seek to improve safety at Premiership, Championship League and National League One Rugby Union grounds.
$1· To ensure the performance and training of stewards at all affiliated grounds attains a common, consistent and acceptable standard.
$1· To liaise with local and central government on issues affecting safety at Rugby Union clubs.
$1· To enhance the status and develop the expertise of Safety Officers and Stadium Managers and safety advisors at affiliated Rugby Union clubs.
$1· To support members and their clubs to achieve common standards and promote best practice throughout the game in accordance with safety requirements and legislation.
John Perkins is the SGSA Inspector for the South West Region takes the lead for the SGSA at a national level for Rugby Union matters. He said “ I’m delighted that RUSA has accepted the SGSA as members. There are six Inspectors throughout England and Wales and we each have stadia where rugby union is played. I know there are many very experienced safety officers and other personnel within rugby union clubs who work hard to maintain spectator safety to a high level. To be able to work more closely with them will help give us all a better understanding of the issues specific to dealing with rugby union spectators and identify where we can assist our new partners with continual improvement in spectator safety.”
The RUSA web site can be found at: http://www.rusa.co.uk/
Reply from Shaun Roberts RUSA Chairman.
"I think it is fantastic news that the SGSA have now formed a great relationship with RUSA, and have taken up the opportunity to join the association. RUSA, although formed some 8 years ago, has slowly grown in size, with regards to its membership and has also grown in size in recognition with the RFU, IRB, PRL and ERB. Having received a introductory presentation from John Perkins, it was obvious that the SGSA and RUSA are striving to achieve the same goals in Sports Ground Safety, whilst at the same time sharing knowledge and experience, thus standardizing the approach to Match Day Safety. "There is no need to re-invent the wheel" was a statement that Jim Chalmers said to me over 10 years ago when I first started as a Safety Officer, and this is something I remember when RUSA share best practises and ideas, knowing we have the support of the SGSA and also the ability to consult with them if we should need to."