ENABLE is a project developing international and multi-stakeholder partnerships to focus on identifying, sharing and developing good practice in the management of the safety and security issues around football matches. For this purpose, we adopt a stakeholder model that in the ideal setting includes all stakeholders (clubs, police, supporters, football organizations, academia etc.), bringing the stakeholders together and as such serves as a platform for collaboration. The stakeholder model is facilitated through a framework of Participant Action Research (PAR) that involves all stakeholders in the different stages of research and development processes. We also aim to use ENABLE to develop international partnerships between key stakeholders and national ENABLE projects.
It has been demonstrated that science led and dialogue based solutions are an effective way forward for approaches to crowd management. The aim of ENABLE is to build on these previous research and theory led interventions to create and sustain a climate of evidence gathering and analysis involving all stakeholders. It is the project’s intention that the experiences and knowledge it develops will flow directly into solutions focused upon democratic forms of handling football matches that promote human rights and revolve around security measures oriented toward the facilitation of the stakeholders’ preferences about what constitutes a pleasant and entertaining match experience.