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It is with great pleasure that ESSMA can announce the addition of a new Advisory Committee member: Leif Bjørn (Security Manager Telia Parken). We are confident that ESSMA will benefit from his experience and we look forward working together.

During the ESSMA Safety & Security Seminar in Dortmund, Lasse Bauer (Supporter Liaison Officer) and Mickel Lauritsen (former Director of Security & Stadium Operations) presented how and why Brøndby IF developed their own pyrotechnics. ESSMA interviewed Lasse Bauer about the different steps in the process and the reaction of their fans.

ESSMA interviewed Phivos Constantinides, General Manager at GSP Stadium, during the Safety & Security Workshop in Dortmund about the importance of training stewards and how to motivate them. Furthermore, he gave insights about his presentation regarding steward training and formation at GSP Stadium, home of Cypriot First Division teams Apoel FC and AC Omonia.

ESSMA interviewed Majella Smyth, who has been Head Groundsman at the AVIVA Stadium in Dublin for several years. He will participate in the ESSMA Summit 2018.

As Oscar Perez is leaving ESSMA, we would like to thank him for his years of commitment, passion and dedication in the growth of ESSMA. His support has contributed in significant progress in Spain with a successful 2016 Summit in Bilbao. We would like to wish him all the best with the further development of INsports Management and the organisation of the EuroLatam congress, which builds a bridge between Europe and Latin America.

ESSMA supported the French Professional Football League – LFP – with a Belgian stadium tour for 30 representatives from 13 clubs. The delegation visited KV Oostende, Royal Antwerp FC, KAA Gent, KV Mechelen and STVV to listen and learn how they are managing topics within CRM, hospitality, ticketing, construction and revenue generation.

This month marks the end of the ESSMA Advisory Committee role of Mickel Lauritsen. He has done an outstanding job for the past 3 years shaping the Safety and Security cluster to what it is today. ESSMA thanks him for his work and commitment in the message from the Executive Committee.

The fourth ESSMA Summit will be organised from 16 to 17 January 2018 in Aviva Stadium (Dublin, Ireland), home of the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). This must-attend stadium industry event is organised by ESSMA in partnership with the EPFL (Association of European Professional Football Leagues) and ECA (European Club Association).

This year’s Safety & Security Management Workshop was organised at Signal Iduna Park, home of Borussia Dortmund. Over 60 members from 14 countries could learn more about crowd management, pyrotechnics, ingress and egress and other safety & security related topics.

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