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A contract to provide the security and crowd management at the Bournemouth Sevens Festival 2012, a rugby, netball and music festival, has gone to Showsec. The Bournemouth Sevens Festival will take place over the bank holiday weekend, June 1 to 3, at Bournemouth Sports Club. Drawing 20,000, the event includes rugby and netball tournaments, live music and entertainment.

The contract further extends Showsec on the south coast where it also provides security services for venues including The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth University’s official nightclub venue, Southampton Guildhall, Bournemouth International Centre, Portsmouth Guildhall and events such as the University Summer Ball, Bestival, Camp Bestival and Southampton Council Events.
Showsec will be providing up to 70 SIA-badged security staff and stewards each day which will include entrance staff, guest services for VIP and backstage areas, crowd flow management between the campsite and the main festival area and specialist pit teams for the music stages.
Andrew Edwards, operations executive, Showsec, said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded the Bournemouth Sevens contract. It’s an exciting, major event for the area and this year it is going to be bigger and better than ever before. We’ll be working with the event organisers Diamond Sporting Group, local police and authorities to implement a bespoke crowd management plan tailored to the event’s requirements. With 20,000 people arriving from across the world and 3000 campers onsite, we are already beginning thorough planning to ensure we give guests the best possible experience.”
Roger Woodall, owner and director of the Bournemouth Sevens Festival added; “The Bournemouth Sevens Festival attracts in excess of 20,000 people over the Bank Holiday Weekend and for us their safety is paramount. Working with an established and reputable industry leader offers us peace of mind and reaffirms our commitment to providing a safe environment for all festival goers.”


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