The Protection of Freedoms Act and the Sports Sector
Published 24 September 2012 By: Andrew Nixon
The Protection of Freedoms Act received Royal Assent on 1 May 2012, and the new Act will start to come into force from 10 September 2012.
The Act is wide ranging, and will legislate on matters such as the regulation of biometric data, surveillance, the protection of property, counter terrorism, the safeguarding of vulnerable groups and data protection. It will also have a significant impact on the sports, leisure and recreation sectors as it will bring into force new safeguarding and vetting requirements for organisations that come into contact with children and vulnerable adults.
All sports organisations and governing bodies should be aware of the Act, the changes and the impact on the sector. The following guidance provided by the Sport and Recreation Alliance provides a very useful overview of the impact of the Act and steer on what governing bodies should be focusing upon.
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Andrew Nixon is a Partner in the Sport Group at Sheridans. Referred to in this year's Legal 500 as a “very bright and talented sports lawyer” Andrew's practice focuses principally on regulatory, governance, disciplinary, arbitration and dispute resolution within the sport sector. Andrew's clients include governing bodies, sports clubs, sports agencies and individual athletes.