WILSON JAMES, the security guarding, consultancy and protection services specialist, has been chosen as an Official Security Services Provider for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. As a result, the business will be providing security for the cycling (track and para track) events, as well as the athletes’ accommodation.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will see circa 4,500 athletes from 72 nations and territories compete in 19 sports (and eight para sports) across 15 competition venues from Thursday 28 July until Monday 8 August. The biggest sporting event ever to be held in the West Midlands, it’s expected to attract more than one million spectators to the city and garner a global TV audience of some 1.5 billion viewers.
Wilson James will deploy more than 200 security personnel for the contract, while providing CCTV equipment and installation services across the full Birmingham 2022 events footprint.
Having previously been contracted to work at events such as the All-England Lawn Tennis Club Championship (ie Wimbledon) 2022 and at the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, the company has a wealth of experience in securing events of this stature.
Chris Sisson, business development director (Security) for Wilson James, explained: “The expertise needed to provide a safe and secure environment for all who spectate and compete in the Commonwealth Games means that we have been working on the mobilisation of this project for many months. We now find ourselves in the final few days before it all starts, which we are incredibly excited about. Above all, we’re looking forward to spectators and athletes enjoying a truly remarkable sporting spectacle.”
Nick Knight, director of security for Birmingham 2022, added: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Wilson James as an Official Security Services Provider for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. I know all about the company’s knowledge and experience in the delivery of security for major high-profile sporting events and will prove invaluable in helping Birmingham to showcase a safe, secure and spectacular edition of the Games for the world.”
Darren Hall, chief operating officer of the Commonwealth Games Federation, concluded: “We’re proud to partner with Wilson James for Birmingham 2022. The skill and expertise the company brings on board will be critical in supporting the safety of the London venues during Games time, ensuring thousands of spectators enjoy a captivating and safe environment.”
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