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OCS Group to Provide Security for 2022 Commonwealth Games

OCS Group to Provide Security for 2022 Commonwealth Games
12 August 2021
 

OCS Group UK has been selected to provide security services for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Named as the Official Security Personnel Provider, OCS will provide services including screening, vehicle search, patrols and response teams at Alexander Stadium, Sandwell Aquatics Centre, NEC campus hotels and the Games Family Hotel Accommodation.

Over 1,100 OCS colleagues, all SIA licenced, will help to keep Birmingham 2022 safe.

 

Spotlight on Birmingham

 

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will see around 4,500 athletes from 72 nations and territories compete in 19 sports across 14 competition venues from 28 July until 8 August 2022.

As the biggest event ever to be held in the West Midlands, it is expected to attract more than one million spectators to the city and have a global TV audience of 1.5 billion.

The games are already proving to be a catalyst for transformation across the West Midlands, attracting new investment and funding, creating jobs and apprenticeships for local people and new opportunities for local businesses, as well as accelerating projects that will ensure the region is ready to host the games. 

Historically known as one of Britain's most important industrial centres, Birmingham has experienced several indicators of growth recently. It's been chosen as the UK’s home of 5G testing, paving the way for the future rollout of 5G across the nation, and the city's reputation as an attractive base for businesses has recently been bolstered by the announcement that Goldman Sachs Group intends to open a new office in the city.

 

Supporting Athletes of the Future

 

During the build-up to the games next year, OCS will be visiting over 100 schools and will be working closely with Birchfield Harriers Athletics club to promote sport and to support athletes of the future.

Jeremy Dicks, Director of Venues and Events at OCS said: “We’re delighted to provide security services for this high-profile multi-sport event, working in partnership with Birmingham 2022 to deliver a safe and secure games for everyone. We’ll be recruiting locally and using our experience at Premier League stadiums and the NEC Group to provide expert training and the latest support systems. We’re also excited to provide 400 volunteering hours to support school visits as part of the Commonwealth Games’ volunteering programme.”

Nick Knight, Security Director at Birmingham 2022, said: “It’s great to have OCS on board as they join us as our Official Security Personnel Provider for Birmingham 2022. They are well known for their sports and entertainment experience, in particular for the NEC, which is hosting a number of our sports including boxing and para-powerlifting. This pedigree makes them an ideal partner to help us deliver not only a safe and successful games, but an enjoyable experience for all.

“In addition to providing security services at competition venues, we’re delighted to work together with OCS on our community engagement activities, using an exciting and engaging approach to educate and inform young people.”

Darren Hall, Chief Operating Officer at the Commonwealth Games Federation, said: “We’re pleased to welcome OCS to the sponsor family. Their talented workforce and established experience in many local games venues will benefit games organisers but, most importantly, ensure a safe, welcoming, family-friendly games for everyone.”

Picture: a photograph of a security guard at an events arena

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 12 August 2021

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