Sun Safety Code
The Management Committee recognises the importance of protection against the potential harmful effects of the sun.
While this is relevant to all players, it is particularly important for our junior members.
Parents and guardians have a particular responsibility to provide their children with appropriate clothing for the weather and to ensure they have supervised and/or helped apply an adequate application of a high factor sun screen product to last for the estimated time of play.
We recommend reading and following the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, and the following simple guidance is extracted from that code:
- Clothing is the best form of defence - children should wear long sleeved shirts, caps and sunglasses
- We recommend the use of SPF30+ sunscreen - don't forget the hard to reach places. Please note that coaches must not be expected to apply sunscreen products.
- All children should bring water bottles and should be encouraged to drink regularly
- Avoid playing in extremes of heat, for example temperatures over 30C
- Look out for signs of heat exhaustion - fatigue, dizziness, headache, nausea or hot, red and dry skin
Coaches should lead by example.
The following is guidance to coaching staff on ways to help get the message across:
- Read the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code yourself
- Pay special attention to children with disabilities and learning difficulties
- Talk about sun protection in a positive, engaging and fun way
- Have a Q&A session, asking kids what they know about the sun
- Clothing and eye protection should be the first line of defence
- Remember the "hard-to-get-to" places - backs of knees; ears; eye area; neck and nose; scalp
Remind kids that they can burn even on cloudy days in summer.