Tottenham Hotspur FC have announced it will be trialing COVID passes for fans to enter the stadium for men's and women's upcoming friendly matches following recent government announcements.
The club will be using the NHS COVID Pass to verify fans' vaccination status for the upcoming friendly matches on 8th August at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Tottenham has stated:
This follows recent Government announcements and the necessity for the club to begin preparations for the potential of full vaccination against COVID-19 being a condition of entry to large events from October 1st.
Tottenham becomes the first English Premiere League team to trial the new 'vaccine passports', which will eventually become a requirement for large events across the country later on in the year. Under 18s will be exempt from this.
Chelsea FC announced on 28th July that they will also be trialing the same process, with fans having to prove they are at low risk of transmitting the virus before entering the venue. This proof can come in the form of confirmation of both doses of the vaccine via the NHS app, a negative Lateral Flow test result via the app or a text or email from NHS Track and Trace.
This news comes after the government lifted all restrictions on capacity limits and social distancing earlier this month on 19th July. Since, the government has clarified that all attendees must show full vaccinated status before an event of more than 20,000 people.
Tottenham has also stated:
The trial will only add one step to the existing stadium entry process that supporters are familiar with and will allow us to control the flow of supporters into the stadium as the additional check is made. It also further ensures the safety and comfort of our supporters, players and staff as we begin hosting capacity crowds for the first time since March 2020.
PSAM editor John Sheehan caught up with Yves De Cocker, Managing Director of PitchTecConcept, who explains how his company bridges the gap between sports organisations and the technology used in the playing surface industry.
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The interview covers:
Yves 20+ years industry leading experience in the evolution of hybrid grass, trends he has noticed and some of the notable projects he has been involved with
The key reasons for Yves launching PitchTecConcept
Common mistakes often made with playing surface management
The steps he offers as a bridge between the industry and the end user
Advice to clubs looking to maximise their event calendars without compromising on the performance of their playing surface