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WRU supports free first aid courses

Rugby clubs across Wales will be given the chance to pass on vital lifesaving skills to their younger members after St John Cymru Wales made its Young Lifesavers courses free to download.

Volunteers who are UKCC qualified and who have a current first aid qualification can use the resources to pass on lifesaving skills to youngsters.

The scheme, which is part of the Welsh Rugby Union's (WRU) drive to provide emergency first aid education to club volunteers, allows anyone between seven and 16 to achieve the Young Lifesaver Sport award.

Even if they are not involved in sport, the scheme is also available to all schools and youth organisations throughout Wales.

“By making this course available for free we are aiming, with the support of the WRU, to get a new generation of young first aiders trained up so they can be on hand, if needed, at rugby matches across the nation,” said Jon Phillips, St John Cymru Wales’ director of training.

“As well as achieving first aid skills, the scheme allows young people to gain numerous personal skills, such as the ability to be assertive, to make decisions, to work independently and co-operatively, while increasing their self-confidence. Above all, however, the Young Lifesaver Scheme is about having fun.”

WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis said: "St John and Welsh rugby go hand in hand and youngsters are the lifeblood of our rugby clubs, so it is vital we ensure their sustainability by helping to train our volunteers of the future.

“With more than 2,000 adult volunteers having received St John Cymru Wales first aid training, it’s fantastic that we are able to develop life skills in young club members and that this will be led by club volunteers themselves. We all know how important first aid can be in so many aspects of our lives, especially sport, so we are delighted to be helping provide knowledge which can prove to be of such great practical help.

"This is an exciting project which builds on the strong foundations of our developing partnership with St John Cymru Wales. This scheme links rugby and first aid in a way which we hope will attract as many young people as possible to take part.”

The course is split into modules to make it easier to teach and can be taught in just 8 hours. Each module contains easy-to-follow lesson plans, a subject-specific factsheet and PowerPoint presentation. There are also worksheets, scenario cards, case studies and videos.

All materials for the course are available to download at www.stjohnwales.org.uk/yls or by contacting Bernadette Davies on 02920 449622 or bernadette@stjohnwales.org.uk

http://www.wru.co.uk/eng/development/club/first_aid.php