• Educational Concept
  • Why Participate?
  • Curriculum
  • Admission and Tuition Fee
  • Our Tutors
Educational Concept

Course Dates:

  • Module 1: 8 -11 June 2015
  • Module 2: 26 – 29 October 2015
  • Module 3: 29 February – 03 March 2016
  • Duration: One year (2 Semesters)
  • Part-time: 12 attendance days in Heidelberg (Germany) and online coaching
  • Attendance Phase: 3 attendance phases  including presentations, group working sessions and workshops on-site at SRH University Heidelberg in Germany. Each on-site phase covers one of the main modules (see Curriculum for details) within 4 days. Module 3 includes 2 lecture days, 1 excursion day and 1 examination day.
  • Self-Study Phase:  2 independent self-study phases complement the on-site modules with e-learning units and exercises to reinforce individual learning progress and level of knowledge.
  • Graduation: Certified Sport Safety and Security Professional



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Why Participate?

Course Objectives

Graduates are equipped with in-depth knowledge, relevant qualifications, skills and competencies addressing the following main areas:

  • Planning aspects and operational approaches for sport safety and security management
  • Legal requirements and implications
  • Risk analysis and risk assessment
  • Mitigation and prevention concepts
  • Best practice methods and competencies



  • Graduation: ‘Certified Sport Safety and Security Professionals
  • 12 Credit Points acknowledged within the Bologna System
  • Enhanced career prospects and professional expertise development
  • Theoretical and practical input to deliver safe and secure sport events
  • Applying highest standards to ensure a positive impact of sport events
  • Tailor-made tools for critical fields within sport safety and security management


Who Should Participate?

  • Sport clubs, federations and confederations
  • Sport event organiser
  • Safety and security managers
  • Governmental representatives
  • Private security companies
  • Stadium managers


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Module 1: Introduction to Safety and Security Management in Sports

  • Underpinning frameworks, regulations and approaches

Module 1 is dedicated to underpinning frameworks, regulations and approaches in the area of sport safety and security management. By completing module 1, participants understand the development of safety and security considerations in sport as well as obtain a comprehensive insight into concepts, interfaces with relevant stakeholders and fundamental key aspects.

Module 2: Professional Safety and Security Procedures in Sports

  • Operational concepts, managerial tools and international best Practices
Module 2 concentrates on operational concepts, managerial tools and international best practices with crucial relevance for professional sport safety and security procedures. By completing this module, participants are capable of managing a diversified range of safety and security duties while interacting and coping with the needs of various stakeholder groups within a dynamic event environment. Furthermore, they are qualified to develop and establish a holistically integrated master plan for safe and secure event operations. Last but not least, students are well-equipped with relevant knowledge in crowd science to deliver robust crowd management and crowd control activities.

Module 3: Evaluation of Safety and Security in Sports

  • Risk analysis and assessment, scenario planning and response techniques
  • Practical excursion (part of Module 3)
  • Final exam (end of Module 3)
Module 3 addresses the indispensable capability of evaluating safety and security procedures before and after sport events and competitions. By completing module 3, participants are able to assess risk levels and risk probabilities related to sport events as well as to implement corresponding procedures and situational measurements for counteraction. Based upon well-conceived risk analysis results, participants are capable to transfer effective scenario planning and efficient response techniques to event-specific hazards and circumstances.

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Academic Assessment:

  • Individual study performance during 3 course modules
  • Individual project papers (examining the content of the modules)
  • Written project work
  • Presentation and oral defence of project work
Certified Sport Safety and Security Professional.

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Admission and Tuition Fee

Admission Requirements

  • CV
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Previously completed degree in a relevant field of professional education
  • Recommendation letter of current employer
  • 3 years of work experience in a relevant field of business and/or working environment
  • Advanced English skills are required
Note: Admission to Advanced Studies Programme on Sport Safety and Security Management requires complete provision of listed documents.


Tuition Fee

  • Early-bird offer until 28th February 2015: € 10,900
  • From 1st March 2015: € 11,900

For official enrolment, 50% of the payment of the tuition fee is required and has to be made within 30 days after application. Corresponding payment must be effected until latest 2 weeks prior to the course start. The remaining 50% are due 6 months after the official programme start.

Tuition fee does not cover any travel, accommodation or ground transportation expenses.

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Our Tutors

Kenny Scott – UEFA Advisor and Managing Director of Sports Safety Solutions Ltd

Kenny is currently Managing Director of Sports Safety Solutions Ltd and is a safety and security advisor to UEFA Events and Match Operations – a role which involves risk assessment for all matches in UEFA competitions. This process requires incident analysis in matches and subsequent production of management information to assist in risk forecasting. Operationally in this role, Kenny has overseen the security

organisation for UEFA Champions League finals and UEFA Europa League finals since 2009. In addition he managed the UEFA security response in Poland and Ukraine during the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament.

Since 2009 he has regularly represented UEFA at the Council of Europe Standing Committee on Spectator Violence and also the pan-European Think Tank of Football Policing Experts. He has also participated in Council of Europe Consultative visits to Poland, Ukraine, Cyprus and Croatia over the past 4 years. These visits resulted in reports containing recommendations for improvement in football safety and security being delivered to the Council of Ministers.

As part of his involvement with the International Advanced Studies Programme, Kenny will lecture in Module 2, Day 1: Fundamental Approaches and Managerial Concepts and Day 2: Operational Procedures, Best Practices and Performance Tools from Planning to Implementation.


Philipp Groborsch – CEO, SOLID – Event Management + Consulting and International Major Event Expert

As an International Sports Executive with significant experience working across numerous major international sport events and venues, Philipp brings with him a wealth of knowledge from various sports, having worked with organisations including the IOC, UEFA, EOC and FISU. Philipp is one of the two founders and Managing Directors of SOLID – Event Management + Consulting.

Most recently Philipp was the Chief Executive Officer of the Winter European Youth Olympic Festival Vorarlberg/Liechtenstein 2015 and was also a leading member of staff at the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

As the Head of Operations & Technology, he helped to make the inaugural winter version of the 1st Winter YOG, introduced to the sport world by IOC President Jacques Rogge, a huge success. Before that, Philipp spearheaded UEFA’s preparations for UEFA EURO 2008 in Innsbruck and has also performed project based work for the European Handball Federation for several years.

As part of his involvement with the International Advanced Studies Programme, Philipp will lecture in Module 2, Day 1: Fundamental Approaches and Managerial Concepts and Day 2: Operational Procedures, Best Practices and Performance Tools from Planning to Implementation.


Malcolm Tarbitt- Executive Director Safety and Security at the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) 

Malcolm Tarbitt - Bio Pic As a major sport event security specialist with over 30 years’ experience in sport events, law enforcement and security, Malcolm’s experience includes various security design and security peer reviews of various sport facilities for National Olympic Committees, FIFA World Cup Organising Committees and world renowned football clubs, as well as numerous safety and security assessments for major international

sporting events, ranging from Summer and Winter Olympics to FIFA World Cups and others.

Leading the Safety and Security Directorate at the ICSS, Malcolm is responsible for the strategic positioning and management of the directorate, including the delivery of sport safety and security related advisory services, security design and training for major international sporting events, organisations and sport facilities.

As part of his involvement with the International Advanced Studies Programme, Malcolm will lecture in Module 2, Day 4: Development and Establishment of Robust Structures and Procedures for Safety and Security Operations during Sport Events. During this lecture Malcolm will share the Security, Safety and Integrity Model to illustrate the value of following a holistic and integrated security planning approach for major sporting events.


Birger J. Nass – Head of Stadium Infrastructure and Stadium Security of the German Football League (DFL)

Birger Nass is Head of Stadium Infrastructure and Stadium Security of the German Football League (DFL) and has been a member of the DFL Competition and Licensing Department since 2006.A member of ESSMA Advisory Board (European Stadium & Safety Management), the DFB Commission on Prevention & Safety & Fan Culture and member of the former EPFL Committee on Stadia Safety and Security, Nass has been involved in numerous stadium projects as a league consultant for

clubs with a focus on increasing comfort, safety and security for all spectator groups in the Bundesliga. Having spoken at numerous international conferences, Birger has showcased the progress of Bundesliga, which now has one of the highest average spectator attendances in the world.

As part of his involvement with the International Advanced Studies Programme, Birger will lecture in Module 1 Day 4: Interfaces with relevant Safety and Security Stakeholders.


Andy Hollinson BA (Hons), FdA. – Crowd Safety Expert

E Response staff photography. Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix With almost 20 year’s experience within the safety and professional security industry, Andy is the director of eResponse Crowd Safety and played the lead role in the formation of the corresponding Crowd Safety Centre of Excellence. Andy has planned and delivered security for a number of prominent music artists and celebrities. He has been involved in numerous large scale envets involving millions of people – advising on crowd management for the Olympic Torch Relay in Maidstone,

Godalming and Buckingham Palace, The Tour de France (2007) as well as a host of television production companies.

An expert in crowd safety and event security, Andy holds a Foundation Degree in Crowd Safety Management in addition to being among only a handful of people in the world to hold a First Class Honours Degree in Crowd Safety Management.

As part of his involvement with the International Advanced Studies Programme, Andy will lecture in in Module 2, Day 4: Crowd Dynamics, Crowd Management and Crowd Control.


Bernhard Mayerhofer – International Major Event Safety and Security Expert 

Possessing nearly 25 years of experience in major event security, Bernhard will add a wealth of experience to the International Studies Programme on Sport Safety and Security Management.  Bernhard has advised a number of high-profile international events on safety and security including the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012, Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games  and the International Children

Games, which take place in Austria in 2016.

An expert in security and risk management for both general events and sport events, Bernhard has also delivered a number of training and education programmes in these areas to several high-profile international organisations.

As part of his involvement with the International Advanced Studies Programme, Bernhard will lecture in Module 1, Day 3: Central Aspects of Safety and Security  in Sport, and Day 4: Interfaces with relevant Safety and Security Stakeholders.


Matthias Huber- Stadia and Security Expert

 1402Huber_Matthias0176_Layout_small Possessing Matthias is an internationally experienced stadia and sport safety and security expert with 20 year’s experience in professional German football.  He assumed various roles on for first league clubs, among them leading positions on Chief Executive Officer, Stadium Director and Director Match Operations level.  He provides extensive knowledge and thorough expertise including club an sport organisation,

safety and security aspects, stadium management and general sport business administration. Most recently, Matthias acts as stadia and security management certification consultant for a range of projects and clients throughout Germany.

As part of his involvement with the International Advanced Studies Programme, Matthias will lead practical excursions and corresponding practical assignments as well as instruct during online and tele-coaching sessions.


Dr Hermann Schlindwein – Sport Law Expert

Image Schlindwein Dr. Hermann Schlindwein is a recognised expert in sport law as well as Merger & Acquisition and private equity business. He advises on sport marketing, sponsoring, law of associations, sport employment law, player transfers an TV marketing. His clients include international sport marketing agencies, sport associations, football clubs, football trainers, players and other individual athletes as well as companies involved in the

sport industry. Dr Schlindwein is one of the attorneys listed in “Best Lawyers” in the field of corporate law.

As part of his involvement with the International Advanced Studies Programme, Dr Schlindwein will lecture in Module 1, Day 2: Legal and binding requirements.


Ralf Zimme – Event Technology and Security Management Expert

Since 1987, Ralf Zimme has been an active member of the event industry, working mainly as production and stage manager, both locally and internationally. After having been assigned as “Head of Event Technology and Security Management” at the multifunctional football stadium “ESPRIT arena” in Duesseldorf, Germany, since its opening in 2005, Ralf is now also in charge of the safety and security unit at Duesseldorf Congress Sport &

Event – one of Germany’s leading venue operators. Furthermore, Ralf Zimmer is content board member of the YOUROPE Event Safety (YES) Group, which is an association of about 70 European festival organisers.

As part of his ongoing qualification, he completed the “Crowd and Safety Management, BA (Hons)“ studies at Bucks New University in the UK in 2013.

As part of his involvement with the International Advanced Studies Programme, Ralf will lecture in Module 3, Day 1: Risk Management and Scenario Planning.