OCS Group UK has been selected as the official security personnel provider at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
More than 1,100 SIA-licenced and trained OCS employees will provide services including screening, vehicle searches, patrols and response teams at Alexander Stadium, Sandwell Aquatics Centre, NEC campus hotels and the Games Family Hotel Accommodation.
About 4,500 athletes from 72 nations and territories will be competing at the games in 19 sports across 14 competition venues from 28 July until 8 August 2022. It is the biggest event ever to be held in the West Midlands and is expected to attract more than a million spectators to the city, with a global TV audience of 1.5 billion.
During the run-up to the games, OCS staff will also be visiting around 100 schools and will be working closely with Birchfield Harriers Athletics club to promote sport and to support athletes of the future.
Jeremy Dicks, OCS’s director of venues and events, said: “We’re… 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 for the Birmingham 2022 Games, added: “It’s great to have OCS on board… 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.”