Bournemouth Sevens main festival arena

Southampton-based Event Communication Services (ECS) has won the contract to supply radio communications at the Bournemouth 7s festival, the world’s largest rugby, netball and music event.

Appointed by the festival owners, Diamond Sporting Group, and the festival’s crowd management, venue and event security specialist, Showsec, ECS will support the festival team from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May as 20,000 visitors descend on the festival venue, Bournemouth Sports Club, to watch more than 300 rugby, netball and dodgeball teams compete, as well as enjoy a range of live music and family entertainment.

ECS has been working closely with the festival team to design a radio communications system that will allow management and security to communicate and to control the thousands of visitors to the festival site.

There will be 150 radio users between the festival owners, Diamond Sporting Group, and the dedicated security firm, Showsec.  Two-way Motorola gp340 hand-held analogue radios with six channels, to cover the whole site, an antenna to boost the signal as well as desktop mobiles for the control room will be supplied.

ECS will also have on-site radio engineers to ensure all equipment works between all parties to provide seamless and efficient communications for a successful event.

Tom Ross, managing director at Event Communication Services, says: “Now in its sixth year, the Bournemouth 7s is becoming a highlight in the festival calendar and we’re pleased to provide support to the event team to ensure that all attendees have a safe and enjoyable experience.”

Festival director Roger Woodall adds: “I’m delighted to appoint Event Communication Services as our radio communications supplier to help us with the security and stewarding for the festival.  It is evident that the team has a proven capability to implement modern communication systems festival security and we’re looking forward to working with them.”