SEFA launches its first Crowd Management Programme

The Scottish Events & Festivals Association (SEFA), working in partnership with the Scottish Police College and Professor Chris Kemp, has launched its first Crowd Management Programme.
The two-day course, 13-14 November 2013, will focus on how to understand the management, psychology, dynamics and social interaction of crowded event spaces. Key topics addressed include: underpinning reasons why event safety is so important, how and why crowds behave as they do and simple, safe solutions to complex crowd management problems.
“We are excited to be offering this training through SEFA to the Scottish events and festivals industry,” says SEFA’s Dr Jane Ali-Knight. “With the eyes of the word on Scotland next year through the delivery of mega events such as the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup and Homecoming Scotland, never has the management of large crowds and effective event safety been of such paramount importance.”
Professor Chris Kemp, Director of Mind over Matter, who will deliver the programme, added: “Having worked on some of the most recent enquiries into fatalities at events it has opened my eyes to the fact that a small amount of education and training in the science and management of crowds could help in the avoidance of crowd crush and untimely disasters.
“The lack of knowledge both in the industry and in other areas is quite staggering. By delivering practical applications to what are often perceived as difficult situations helps us to understand that it is not always the complex that causes an issue but sometimes the very simple.”
The programme is suitable for anyone involved or interested in the design, delivery and management of festival and event crowds, safety and security.
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