After courses at the O2, the NEC, the Brighton Centre, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena and the SEC in Glasgow the NAA three-day programme landed at the SEE Arena at Wembley.
Twenty participants per day focused on sustainability, risk assessment and crowd dynamics and modelling enhancing their experience by attending workshops with experts in each field.
Teresa Moore, a Director of ‘A Greener Festival’ took the first programme focusing on the sustainability of venues, which proved to be very enlightening to many of those attending.
Chris Hall from ESP focused on risk assessment on the second day and made light of the often-turgid world of health and safety law.
On the third day Kat Steinberg and Simon Ancliffe focused on crowd dynamics and modelling taking the participants through the simple but often made complex (by our own inadequacies) world of the way in which crowds move through space.
The food at the Arena was excellent and for those of us who are anoraks in the area of events and crowds there was the chance to watch the ingress and egress at the Spurs vs Borussia Dortmund Champions League game that took place on the second night of the course adjacent to the hotel.
The hotel accommodation was really good with only a five-minute walk to the venue, the breakfast was tasty and apart from the obligatory evening storm gave easy access to the eateries around the site as well as great access to central London giving everyone ample opportunity to visit events or afford retail opportunities.
For the second set of courses we were joined by thee EAA members from the Sport Palaeis Group in Belgium, (they also joined us in Glasgow), who contributed much to the discussion and Pascal Viot from the Paleo Festival and iSSUE in Switzerland.
Everyone contributed to the sessions and the interactive elements went down well.
It is clear that many of those attending the sessions are kinaesthetic learners and the Mind Over Matter team try to make sure that the courses are delivered with as many hands-on sections as possible to cater for this.