Partners of the GOAL project visit Charleroi (Belgium)

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Charleroi (Belgium), 19th March 2012 – Partners of the GOAL project for the prevention of violence in sport conducted a field visit in Charleroi (Belgium) on 19th March 2012, during which they met representatives of the city of Charleroi, the local football club, and the local police.

They were received by Marianne Koszlap, Deputy Director of the department of Prevention in the Neighbourhoods of the city of Charleroi. They also attended a meeting with representatives of the local football club, who presented the security scheme put in place in and around the stadium. Afterwards, they met with local police commissioner Philippe Schlirlinckx, who talked about the function of “spotters”. Spotters are police officers who liaise permanently with football supporters in order to prevent incidents at matches.

Lastly, the GOAL partners met with Thierry Deckx, manager of the Fan coaching programme of the city of Charleroi, and Guido Poppelier, manager of the Stade Ouvert (open stadium) project at the Sporting football club. The Stade Ouvert association “encourages first and second league football enterprises to use their power in favour of society”.