First aid courses provided to WRU clubs

(Left) Wales squad members Martyn Williams, Chris Czekaj and Scott Andrews with Vicky Cornelius − a St John Wales Training Consultant - and St John Wales ambassador Ieuan Evans

The Welsh Rugby Union and St John Wales have joined forces to teach lifesaving first aid skills to rugby volunteers across Wales.
Thousands of club volunteers help run the game in Wales, common examples of which are coaches, club secretaries, match officials and groundsmen.
Clubs are rewarded through WRU grant funding for having qualified first aiders on their books to assist with matchday operations.
And now, the WRU, through its’ new relationship with St John Cymru Wales, is able to provide first aid courses around Wales to enable more club volunteers to receive expert training in this field.
The first courses will take place at the St John Training Centre in Cardiff on Wednesday 8 December, there is a course at the Newport on January 31 and another in Swansea on February 14. There are then further courses in the spring. If club volunteers in north Wales are interested in participating in a course, St John Ambulance Wales will arrange courses at their Wrexham and / or Llandudno training centres.
The bespoke three-hour course which costs just £25 + VAT per person will equip volunteers with first aid skills which will enable them to deal with common rugby accidents; including head injuries, neck trauma, dislocations, sprains and strains.
Any WRU club volunteer will be able to take part in the specially designed first aid course at St John centres across Wales.
WRU National Development Manager Jason Lewis, said, “Individuals who give up their free time to help develop rugby in their communities are the most important people within the structure of Welsh rugby and are vital to the success of the game at all levels. Rugby clubs simply would not exist without their support.

“Our aim is to make sure that every club has someone who has the first aid knowledge to deal with any eventualities on the pitch.”
Keith Dunn, Chief Executive for St John Wales, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the WRU to deliver these essential first aid courses to rugby clubs throughout Wales.
“Each year up to 150,000 people die in situations where first aid could have given them the chance to live. Teaching these lifesaving skills to rugby volunteers will give them the confidence to deal with emergency situations should one arise.”

To book a St John Wales/WRU first aid course visit or call 0845 678 5646.


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