Since March of 2020 there has been a huge financial slump in revenue being taken by lower leagued football clubs. Over the last few weeks, there has been a considerable amount of press regarding the future of League 1 teams as well as the teams below them.
This lack of gate revenue has put tremendous pressure on individual football clubs that garnish very little media coverage time as well as lucrative televisual deals.
Whilst pressure is mounting on the premier league to offer assistance; at the time of writing the position is stalemate.
This downturn of revenue is worldwide for all sporting arenas and all facets of the entertainment business. As such with premier league players and teams still commanding considerable wage packets and sponsorship deals there is a renewed spotlight upon them and their lifestyles.
With the considerable percentage of the UK facing financial struggles due to loss of business and overall economic downturn due to Covid-19; those within the public eye are drawing further attention from an undesirable criminal element.
This of course is not a new phenomenon with players being directly targeted or their homes or assets constantly being watched. It is surprising that so many in the public eye from sporting stars to other Grade A entertainment talent do not make their security a priority or even a factor.
Unless a player is directly targeted with stable and corroborated evidence that their safety or assets are at risk; it falls to the public specialist security sector to mitigate such risks.
With professional itineraries publically documented of the whereabouts and travelling commitments of football players; this creates vulnerable gaps for the protection of their home as well as the safety transit plans of the talent themselves.
Consider that a top flight team has commitments abroad within the Champions League; unlike most of us, others do not know when we travel.
This creates a burden for travelling talent often leaving their properties unmanaged or in the care and safety of loved ones. There are many documented cases during this key time period that organised criminal elements look for weaknesses to seize an ‘easier’ opportunity.
What is the solution?
Football clubs and agents are aware of the risks posed but it is a fact that engaging Close Protection services or Residential Security Services can be considered as a bind or intrusive.
At SPARTAN Elite we take steps to mitigate this whilst creating a security blanket that is as unobtrusive as possible.
Knowing that life cannot be replaced and whilst this pandemic gains traction, positive and proactive measures need to be taken.
Being qualified at Level 3 in Close Protection skills is simply not enough. Life experience, specialist skills, knowledge of security systems and protocols and actions on drilling is just the beginning.
Our clients expect disciplined, presented, experienced and intelligent security operatives that will take considered measures where necessary.
At SPARTAN Elite we have quality management processes, conduct codes and a raft or measures that we take to provide the very best of service. Close Protection and Residential Security Services needn’t be intrusive but an effective deterrent from criminal enterprises. Our planning and risk management services allow sporting talent to conduct their business without molestation or worry.
We have an extensive team and support mechanism for those in need of specialist security services.
Some examples of how we can assist
- Providing a security consultation service
- Conducting a security assessment
- Providing Close & Executive Protection
- Providing Residential Security
- Advanced Security Planning ahead of matching days
- Providing Security Support to minimise press intrusion and respect for private life
Our own CEO takes an active interest in this specialised sector of the professional security industry – in the photo, with the retired professional footballer Giorgos Karagouninis, former captain of the National Football Team of Greece in Mayfair, London.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to security services for professional footballers or sporting talent please get in touch with our team.
T: +44 (0) 203 888 2020