Observing super-recognisers and body worn camera use at Charlton vs. Leeds United for "Kick it out"
Updated: Oct 2, 2019
As part of the Football Association's Kick It Out (anti-racism) campaign, on Saturday 28 September Josh Davis attended The Valley Stadium to observe Kelly Hearsey (Super-Recognisers International) and Kenny Long (Digital Barriers) working with Charlton Athletic stewards at a match between Charlton Athletic and Leeds United attended by over 21,500 fans (including over 3,000 from Leeds).
The aim was to capture on Digital Barriers Body Worn Cameras potential racist chanting, with the culprits potentially identified by super-recognisers. This was not research, just observation of a proof of concept trial, but the aim is to conduct future research trials at different venues. Fortunately there were no incidents of interest to the deployment.
It was fascinating being in the steward's box with police and other safety officials all match - watching events unfold on CCTV and body worn camera.
Josh Davis will also be reporting on his observations and super-recognisers in general at the Football Safety Officers Association conference on 9 October 2019 in Stratford-upon-Avon (https://www.fsoa.org.uk/).