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New Red Cross course to improve first aid response at youth sports matches

20 February 2013

For immediate release  Wednesday 20 February, 2013
For further information  Samantha Whitwham
Contact number  0117 3012608 or 07834 525350

The British Red Cross in Wiltshire has launched a new first aid course aimed at parents of young sporting enthusiasts.

The pitch-side assistance course teaches supporters at youth football and rugby matches how to assist designated first aiders if an injury happens on the pitch. It will also help them recognise and treat injuries after a game, and give them the confidence to act in a first aid emergency.

The pitch-side assistance course takes just two and a half hours to complete and uses the Red Cross Everyday First Aid approach – the charity’s simplest ever method of teaching life-saving skills. The course includes how to treat head injuries, strains, sprains and broken bones. It also gives parents the knowledge and confidence to react if someone is knocked unconscious or has stopped breathing.

Jo explains: “Every parent of rugby or football-mad kids knows that knocks and injuries happen – a lot! While most clubs have first aiders on duty at matches, the more people who know how to respond in an emergency and support the designated first aider the better the response will be. Plus, parents can’t take the first aider home with them, so the course teaches them how to treat injuries after the match, for example, by identifying signs of concussion.”

Developed specifically to be easy to learn, easy to do and easy to fit in with people’s busy lives, Everyday First Aid teaches what to do in real-life scenarios. Group of parents can learn the skills and techniques together and go away after two hours with basic first aid skills and the confidence to put them into practice should the need arise.

The Red Cross has also recently launched its People Citizenship Lifesaver (PCL) campaign, which calls for inclusion of first aid and humanitarian education in all schools across England and Wales. The charity is encouraging people to visit its webpage: to sign a petition that will get the government to make first aid education mandatory in all schools across the country.

For more information about learning first aid, or setting up a pitch-side assistance course at your sports venue, please contact Jo Riches on 01793 859933 or email

For more information about Everyday First Aid please visit


Notes to editors

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

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