G4S Events, Europe’s leading independent event security company, has been awarded a security services contract at Edgbaston Stadium, home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club and one of the world’s leading international cricket venues.
As part of the five-year contract G4S will provide a comprehensive range of specialised security solutions, including stewarding, safety and crowd management at all of Edgbaston’s domestic and international cricket matches as well as non-sporting events.
In addition to providing security services, G4S will sponsor the Warwickshire Academy, youth teams and community programme, which supports local schools and junior cricketers of all abilities in the region.
Since 1997, 30 Warwickshire youth team cricketers have gone on to play First Class Cricket, with five of these going on to win international honours, including England stars Ian Bell and Chris Woakes. Additionally, 60 per cent of the Club’s Academy cricketers have gone on to play the game professionally.
Eric Alexander, Managing Director of G4S Events, commented: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and be given the opportunity to utilise our event security capabilities, and proven expertise in the sporting arena, to help secure this world renowned cricket venue.
“Securing the second-largest cricketing venue in the United Kingdom further broadens our growing portfolio of event security contracts in the sport and leisure industry.”
James McLaughlin, Commercial Director at WCCC, added: “G4S’s portfolio and expertise of securing some of the UK’s leading sporting venues was key to our decision to award this contract and we look forward to working with them at all events in the future – from Test Matches to conferences and events.
“Our new redeveloped Stadium has given us more scope to provide innovative sponsorship opportunities for industry leading brands. This package of G4S supporting the academy and community programme is a perfect example of this, which will help many of our young cricketers progress their careers in the game.”
For further information on G4S Events security services, please visit: G4S Event Security Website