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Five Wise venues at the Rugby World Cup

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In 2008 the International Rugby Board invited member unions to express an interest in hosting the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cup tournaments.

A record ten unions came forward and applied to host either competitions; Australia, England, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Russia, Scotland, South Africa and Wales.

The bids were reduced to shortlist of four who would submit a final bid for the 2015 tournament; England, Japan, South Africa and Wales.

In July 2009, England was announced as tournament hosts for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and confirmed that 12  venues around the country, plus one in Wales, would be used. They were;

  • Birmingham: Villa Park
  • Brighton: Brighton Community Stadium
  • Cardiff: Millennium Stadium
  • Exeter: Sandy Park
  • Gloucester: Kingsholme Stadium
  • Leeds: Elland Road
  • Leicester: Leicester City Stadium
  • London: Olympic Stadium
  • London: Twickenham RFU
  • London: Wembley Stadium
  • Manchester: Manchester City Stadium
  • Milton Keynes: Stadium MK
  • Newcastle: St James’ Park

At four of these venues, in bold, Wise Security Services were the incumbent stewarding and security supplier, so talks soon began between Wise and the venues where we would be operating.

The involvement with these four venues meant that we were by far the largest suppliers of stewards and security personnel to the 2015 tournament. A considerable level of responsibility was place on us to deliver the quality of service that the host union expected.

The quality of service provided by Wise Security Services lead to the organisers asking them to take on the responsibilities at a fifth venue.

This now meant that we were supplying to every venue within the geographical area of routine operation and were covering all London area venues, as well as Brighton.

It led to talks with Chris Allison, the head of tournament security. Chris was former assistant commissioner of police and was the national Olympic security coordinator for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The senior management of Wise Security Services have worked with Chris Allison on many occasions in the past and he expressed his comfort at knowing the level of involvement the we had.

During the 2015 Rugby World Cup we provided stewarding and security personnel to Brighton Community Stadium, London Olympic Stadium, London Twickenham RFG, London Wembley Stadium, Milton Keynes MK.

Over the 44 days of the tournament, which took place between 18 September and 31 October, Wise Security Services provided a 100 per cent attendance record and utilised 680 safety stewards and security personnel, as well as venue managers and supervisory staff.

We were also awarded the contract for the provision of all 24-hour security staffing requirements at Wembley Stadium and subsequently supplied a two-shift system utilising 12 manned guarding personnel and a shift manager.

The event passed without any major incidents and we received high acclaim from each of the venues where we operated.