The Rugby League Ground Safety Officers' Association was first established in April 1997 to provide a suitable forum to debate matters of mutual concern, to facilitate the sharing of ideas and practices, to discuss the training requirements of safety officers and stewards, to establish common practice in the area of ground safety procedures and to formulate a consensus which might be applied to negotiations with all relevant authorities.

RLGSOA Conferences

The RLGSOA has organised a joint Conference and Exhibition on an annual basis since 2003 at the following venues.

Delegates have attended from a wide range of organisations including the emergency services, members of Local Safety Advisory Groups, Architects, Insurance Representatives etc. Members of other Sporting Safety Associations are also warmly welcomed. The conferences have also been generously supported by Exhibiting Companies in the field of Safety.

2011 Leigh Sports Village

Opening Address

Phil Cunningham - Chairman RLGSOA

Speakers

Ian Roberts Bartlett & Co Liability Claims
Richard Jones IOSH Lord Young Review of Health and Safety
Ralph Rimmer and Gary Haigh RFL Alcohol The Contributory
2010 Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield
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2009 Stobart Halton Stadium, Widnes

Opening Address

Sally Bolton - RFL Director of Events and Projects

Speakers

Kevin Connor Sky TV Working Safely Together
Ged Poynton Liverpool FC Organisation / Planning issues – major match events
Clive Robinson C.Robinson Stadium Structural Issues
David Shaw Jardine Lloyd Thompson Consultancy RIDDOR
Spencer Webster Cabinet Office Whitehall Civil Contingencies Enhancement Programme
2008 KC Stadium, Hull

Opening Address

Karen Moorhouse - RFL Compliance Manager

Speakers

John Cooper
Kingston Communications Stadium Alternative Events at Sports Grounds
Dean Hardman R.F.L. Safeguarding
Stephen Mills Hull City Council Role of EHO's in Safety at Sports Grounds
2007 The Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster

Opening Address

Rod Findlay - RFL Lawyer

Speakers

Liam Briggs Cumbria CC Public Protection Aspects of Sports Ground Legislation
Julie Dyson Knapp Consultant to R.F.L. The R.F.L. Workforce Plan
Paul O'Connor R.B.S. Mentor Services The Fire Reform Act & Fire Risk Assessments
Andrew Porter William Sale Partners Manchester Environmental Issues – Stadium operations
2006 The JJB Stadium, Wigan

Opening Address

Phil Cunningham - Chairman RLGSOA

Speakers

Harry Bundred Director Institute of Training Continuing Professional Development
Steven Groch Solicitor DWF HORIZONS Corporate Manslaughter
Gill Johnson R.L.D.S.A. The work and role of the R.L. Disable Supporters Association.
Chris Phillips NAcTSO London Security Issues – Sporting Venues
2005 The Stobart Stadium, Halton Borough Council

Opening Address

Tony McDermott - Leader of Halton Borough Council

Speakers

Judy Crabb Federation of Stadium Communities Healthy Stadia Project
Steven Fairhurst R.F.L. Equity and Equality Issues
Duncan Martin Manchester City F.C. The Smart Card Approach
Linda Ratinckx Healthy Settings Unit University of Central Lancs. Healthy Stadia Project
Laura Shard National Health Service East Cheshire Smoke Free Sports Stadia
Spencer Webster Halton Borough Council Business Continuity Planning
2004 Headingley Stadium, Leeds

Opening Address

Nigel Woods - RFL Finance Director

Speakers

Stuart Cummins R.F.L. The role of Match Officials/ Commissioners
John Holden R.B.S. Mentor Services General H & S Legislation – Sports Grounds
John Montague Security Industry Authority Private Security Industry Act 2001
John Rutherford F.S.O.A. Role of the Football Safety Officers Association
2003 Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield

Opening Address

Richard Lewis - RFL Executive Chairman

Speakers

Milton Brown S.P.A.C.E. West Yorks Sport Participation and Cultural Equality
Gary Haigh R.F.L. Discipline Disciplinary Investigations.
David Hey West Yorks. Ambulance Service The role of Ambulance Service at Sports Events
Graham Hill National Council Of Further Education Revised R.F.L. Stewards Training Package
John Holden Trafford MBC Key provisions of Disability legislation
Tony Holmes Medtronic Ltd Cardiac Arrest – use of defibrillators
Norman Sarsfield RFL Compliance Commissioner RFL Discipline Hearings/criteria
Alison Sheldon Event Training Services R.L. Stewards Training Package 2003
Spectator Safety Management Training