ICSS announces new partnership with the ESSMA

Munich – Germany, Sept 6, 2012: The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), the not-for-profit organisation that specialises in sport security, safety and integrity, has today signed a new agreement with the European Stadium & Safety Management Association (ESSMA), Europe’s leading stadium and safety management body.

As part of the agreement, international experts and practitioners from the ICSS and ESSMA will collaborate to share knowledge and further enhance existing research on a practical level of stadium management overall security operations. The new partnership will also see the two organisations cooperate on the practical management of forthcoming international of safety and security-related projects.

The announcement took place during the second day of the 2012 Sponsors Sports Venue Summit, which is being hosted at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany from 5th – 6th September.

Mohammed Hanzab, President, ICSS, said “This new agreement with ESSMA is an important step, which will further enhance knowledge in the area of sport security and stadium management. As an authoritative body in this field, I am sure that ESSMA’s extensive experience and expertise, alongside the ICSS’s global hub of sport security and integrity practitioners, will help major event organisers stage safer, securer events for years to come.”

John Beattie, ESSMA President, added; “I would like to thank the ICSS and look forward to working with their dedicated team of global experts over the coming months. Safety and security-related stadium management is an ever-evolving subject area and I hope that this agreement will lead to cutting edge research that will provide major event organisers in the future with an important blueprint for the hosting of safe and secure major sport events.”

Background Information:

The ICSS is an international, not-for-profit institution that aims to help event organizers to stage safer major sporting events. The Centre’s mission is to improve security, safety and integrity in sport by addressing real issues and providing world-leading services, skills, networks and knowledge.

The ICSS team brings together some of the world’s leading sport security and integrity experts and has access to a worldwide network of specialist practitioners, offering expertise in every aspect of sport security and integrity.

The ICSS is based in Doha, Qatar, an emerging centre for global sporting events including the 2006 Asian Games, the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ the 2011 Pan Arab Games and the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.

The organization recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee to collaborate on safety and security planning, capabilities and infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.

At the 2nd International Sport Security Conference, that took place in March 2012, the ICSS announced partnerships with two leading academic institutions to help tackle the emerging threat of match fixing and extreme behaviour exhibited by sports fans.

As part of the ICSS’s partnership agreement with Université Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne, the two organizations will oversee the creation of a new central hub for gathering knowledge with international sporting federations to promote and support global sporting integrity.

In addition to this historic agreement, the ICSS has signed an MOU with the Institute for Fan Culture (IfF), a new academic institution led by Professor Harald Lange (Dept. of Sport Science at the Julius Maximilian University, Würzburg). The MOU will examine why fans exhibit extreme behaviour within a sporting environment, and what can be done to proactively reduce such behaviour at sporting events.

The ICSS regularly organizes events to encourage the creation of sport security and integrity networks and to drive new thinking. Further details will be announced shortly about the 3rd International Sport Security Conference, taking place in March 2013 in Doha. —- Will Shand/verocom

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