Close Protection and lessons from the Cricket World Cup
Having been involved in the provision of close protection at the Cricket World Cup (CWC) earlier this year it is perhaps an appropriate time to reflect on some of the key factors to consider when providing personal security for individuals and teams involved in elite sport..
Firstly, it is important to establish the ground rules as everyone is different. You need to understand your client’s tolerances when it comes to the media and public attention. While some love the media and direct contact with adoring fans, others value their privacy. Attitudes can change over time, by the end of a long tournament, such as the CWC, lasting many weeks, players may become less tolerant and amenable to the constant demand for autographs and selfies. Consider cultural factors too if managing an overseas team. The norm in terms of attitudes and behaviours towards the general public can vary considerably, as can those of the public of course. The friendly autograph hunter on being barred entry to the hotel can quickly become an angry and disruptive presence (happens a lot).read more