Sports centre security

Top 5 Tips To Keep Your Sports Club Secure

Almas Team

Managers of sports clubs must ensure that their facilities are protected from theft, vandalism, and other security threats, and that members are safe and protected both in and around the site.

Sports clubs are important in our communities because they provide a place for members to gather, play, and enjoy their favourite activities. Unfortunately, given the recent break-ins at sports clubhouses in Laois and Offaly, it’s important to consider the use of effective security measures to deter potential burglars and keep these community spaces secure. Managers of sports clubs must ensure that their facilities are protected from theft, vandalism, and other security threats, and that members are safe and protected both in and around the site. 

To support Irish sports club managers in keeping their facilities secure, we have provided the top 5 tips for keeping your sports club safe. By following these guidelines, you can help protect your club, its members, and the community it serves.


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Tip 1: Install An Intruder Alarm

Sports clubs can greatly benefit from installing an intruder alarm system to protect their premises from potential break-ins. Key benefits of an intruder alarm system include: 

  • Customised configurations: It can be configured to meet the needs of the sports club, ensuring that security measures are tailored to the specific needs of the premises. 
  • Deterrent: The mere presence of an alarm system can deter burglars from trying to break in. 
  • Early warning system: In the event of an attempted break-in, an intruder alarm can provide an early warning system, giving the sports club time to respond appropriately. 
  • Remote monitoring: Many systems, such as the Almas Intruder Alarm, include remote monitoring services. These add an extra layer of security by alerting security personnel if an alarm is triggered. 

By investing in an intruder alarm system, sports clubs can react quickly to break-ins and provide peace of mind to staff and members alike. 

Tip 2: Install A Security Camera System 

Installing a security camera system is one of the most effective ways to secure your sports club. A visible security camera system can be an powerful deterrent to theft and anti-social behaviour. In the unfortunate event of a break-in, high-quality surveillance footage from a security camera system can be used to identify and prosecute criminals.

It is critical to consider camera placement, camera type, and image quality when choosing a security camera system. Almas’ Active Deterrent Three-In-One-Camera (TiOC) includes both CCTV and intruder alarm features. TIOC cameras detect and track intruders in real time, sounding an alarm and sending live alerts to security staff and/ or configured contacts.



TIOC cameras, with their highly visible design and active deterrence capabilities, can significantly reduce the risk of break-ins and contribute to the safety of sports clubs. 

Tip 3: Keep Your Club Locked And Secure 

Keeping your sports club locked and secure is a simple yet effective way to deter potential burglars. Make sure that all entry points, such as doors and windows, are protected and difficult to breach.  

Invest in high-quality locks and security hardware for all doors and windows and use sturdy locks and security hardware. Check all locks on a regular basis to ensure they are working properly and address any issues as soon as possible.   

Tip 4: Utilise An Access Control System

To further enhance the security of your sports club, it is recommended to implement access control measures. Biometric systems, such as a fingerprint scanner or facial recognition, can provide a safe method of identifying and granting access to authorised personnel only. This is especially important in areas containing sensitive or valuable equipment or materials. Limiting access to authorised members aids in the prevention of unrecognised people on site and lowers the risk of theft or damage, especially in members’ changing areas where lockers are vulnerable to pilfering. 

Using an access control system like Optima logs all entries onto the system. This means you’ll have a complete record of who entered the site and when. 


Mayfield Sports Club have a constantly shifting membership of 200 people. They keep their sports club secure with Optima ID fingerprint scanners, equipping members to have the right access to use the clubhouse facilities during open hours.  

Paul Cooper, Tennis Chairman, comments,

“After installing the fingerprint scanners, we can now enrol members in the system and control access. All of our members can now use the changing rooms, toilets, showers, and kitchen without the presence of a committee member.” 

Click here to see Mayfield Sports Club’s full case study

Tip 5: Regularly Inspect And Maintain Security Equipment 

In addition to implementing security measures, it is critical to inspect and maintain your security equipment on a regular basis to ensure successful function. 

While security equipment such as intruder alarms and security cameras are designed to be reliable, they still require routine maintenance to make sure they are working properly. Regular testing and maintenance can help you avoid false alarms, identify and address issues before they become major issues, and guarantee that the equipment is ready to perform when needed.

Using Almas’ security systems means you will receive frequent servicing and maintenance. This means you don’t have to worry about doing routine checks; our engineers will do it for you so you can be confident that the systems are in good operating condition.

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By following these tips, you can significantly reduce the risk of theft and anti-social behaviour. Don’t wait until a security breach occurs; act now to keep your sports club secure. 

A complete security solution that includes intruder alarms, security cameras, access control measures, and regular maintenance and inspections may help keep your club safe and secure. Our Almas experts can assess your requirements and provide an affordable tailored security solution that meets your specific requirements. Contact our team now to find out how we can help protect your site. 

Call 01 68 333 68 (IRE) / 0333 567 77 99 (UK) or email us at [email protected] for a consultation.