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. 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.
- 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, and lead by example.
- Pay special attention to children with disabilities and learning difficulties.
- Talk about sun protection in a positive, engaging and fun way.
- 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 – even in Shipston!!!