House of Lords, Olympics, Written Answers

Olympic Games 2012

Posted by LordSheikh

Lord Sheikh:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidelines they will provide for event stewards ahead of the London 2012 Olympics.

Baroness Garden of Frognal: The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) is responsible for delivering the venue safety and security responsibilities of an event organiser, in accordance with current UK legislation and the Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) “Green Guide”-the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds. For events not organised by LOCOG, all local authorities are required to follow guidelines on event stewarding as set out in the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) “Purple Guide” for event safety.

The Home Office, DCMS, HSE and local licensing authorities are working closely to ensure that event organisers are complying with the relevant legislation set for planning and delivering public events related to London 2012.

LOCOG is responsible for the volunteering programme for the Games, including stewarding roles. LOCOG is recruiting up to 70,000 “Games Makers”, each of whom will attend at least three days of training, including learning about the details of their role and seeing their Games-time venue.

LOCOG, the Home Office and education providers have also launched Bridging the Gap, an initiative to provide skilled security personnel for the London 2012 Games by training young people in stewarding, event management and security guarding with a recognised qualification and opportunities to work within the Games.

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