With the SPL season well underway, the coming weekend of fixtures marks a significant milestone for the recovery of live sporting events across Scotland. Up to 300 fans will now be able to watch Scottish Premiere League football games from within the stadium, with comprehensive social distancing and hygiene procedures in place to ensure all spectators safety. This follows a successful trial of rugby played in front of spectators in Edinburgh in late August.
Two games leading the way will be Ross County Vs Celtic (Saturday 11th @ 15:00) and Aberdeen Vs Kilmarnock (Saturday 11th @ 15:00). SecuriGroup is proud to provide stewarding to both teams, and their fans, at this exciting time, providing security services to the home stadiums of Ross County and Aberdeen where the matches will take place.
This isn't the first occasion where SecuriGroup has trialled new approaches. In collaboration with the then Strathclyde Police (now Police Scotland) in 2011, SecuriGroup was the first security company to trial police-free top-flight football at the Motherwell versus Inverness Caledonian Thistle match.
The SecuriGroup Chair, and former Assistant Chief Constable, John LS Malcolm QPM said at the time: "Effective preparation has allowed for a situation where Strathclyde Police is fully confident that, between Motherwell FC and SecuriGroup, we can run games without any problems or the need for police intervention,"
This weekend, SecuriGroup will provide SIA licenced stewards to both venues, being directly responsible for controlling ingress and egress of the returning fans. In addition, SecuriGroup stewards will be responsible for ensuring social distancing is maintained throughout the stadium.
With this exciting step forward to the return of sporting events, Area Manager, Des Jones, responsible for the Aberdeen Fixture had this to say of the weekend ahead:
"Our staff are extremely excited to return to the matches and experience the great atmosphere again. With their specialist COVID-19 risk training they will be able to effectively communicate the social distancing regulations to enthusiastic fans. Hopefully, following the success of these test fixtures it will allow things to progress to further capacities when this is deemed appropriate."