Sixth Formers studying BTEC Sport had a tour of Leicester City’s stadium to learn more about their health and safety procedures and compliance with Government legislation.
The students were given a tour of the King Power ground, including the police control room, first aid centre and changing rooms, by Head of Operations, Mr Paul Lewis. The students, who have been studying the laws governing crowd safety at venues, had a chance to see how these are put into practice at a top-level club.
Teacher Mr Clasper said: ‘They all knew the information but this tour gave them practical examples of where and how this legislation is applied. The students were very knowledgeable and were desperate for information, asking really good questions at every stage.’
The tour, which lasted four hours, was the third that the students have made to sports venues; having previously visited Corby International Swimming Pool and Leicester Tigers’ ground. At the pool they toured the chemical treatment and filtration facilities with manager, Liz Hudson, who spoke about safety and emergency evacuation procedures.
When the students visited the Tigers’ ground at Welford Road they saw the training facilities and met three top international players. Mr Clasper said: ‘The trips gave the students time to consider each venue individually. As part of their coursework they have to compare and contrast real-life situations, so now they have knowledge of two stadia primarily concerned with issues of crowd control and safety, and the third sporting facility that has a duty of care both to users and spectators. Now we are looking at the fire evacuation procedure at Brooke Weston to see how it works and whether changes can be made to render it even more efficient.’