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Melbourne is also known as the “Ultimate Sports City” in Australia.
Melbourne was recently crowned SportBusiness Ultimate Sport City of the Decade at the 10 Year Anniversary Awards in Switzerland. (Sports Victoria)
The city won the gong for World Ultimate Sports City three consecutive times (2006, 2008 and 2010), and came second to Olympic host city London in 2012 and 2013. It was also named the best sports city in the ‘large city category’ in each of those years and received awards for best event strategy and best sports infrastructure.
They had been hosting major sporting events and provide an opportunity for Victoria to put itself on the world stage and create a lasting legacy for the people of Victoria.
Melbourne winning the title as the world’s ‘Best Sports City’ comes from hosting numerous highly successful events over recent years. Events such as the 2010 UCI Road Cycling World Championships, the 2011 President’s Cup Golf, the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, 2014 World Cup of Golf, the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, and the International Champions Cup (football) have all strengthened Melbourne’s reputation as the best location in the world for hosting major sporting events. (Sports Victoria)
Victoria also has a strong track record for hosting well known annual major sporting events including the Spring Racing Carnival, FORMULA 1 Australian Grand Prix, MotoGP and the Australian Tennis Open. (Sports Victoria)
With these infallible facts mentioned above, security related matters are of major consideration to avoid chaos.
Sporting events invite big crowd, and managing a crowd implies so many risks. There are so many factors to consider too when it comes to avoiding and resolving them.
Worksafe Victoria drafted a guideline as to how to manage crowded venues such as Docklands Stadium, Flemington Race Course, Melbourne Cricket Ground, and Olympic Park Stadium where major sporting events usually held.
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (the OHS Act); this guide has been developed to support and assist crowd control agencies and host employers (venues and events) who use crowd control staff to understand and fulfill their responsibilities. This guide identifies common safety problems and suggests solutions to ensure crowd 11control work is conducted as safely and as reasonably as it can be. It also provides numerous recommendations and tools to effectively secure the health, safety and welfare of crowd control staff, as well as other staff and patrons, when:
Fundamentally, risk management during major sporting events such as Cricket or Tennis tournaments involves the following four key steps.
Regardless of the priority ranking given to each identified and assessed risk, it’s important to remember that all risks should be controlled in the shortest possible timeframe
However, learning crowd control skills and managing risks in crowded places need specialised and formal security training in Victoria and not just learned by merely reading relevant articles like this. There are courses under VET (Vocational Education and Training) such as Cert II in Security Operations that offers crowd control units.