RugbySafe, supported by Simplyhealth, is the RFU’s overarching player
safety and wellbeing programme. It puts player welfare at the heart of the
game and covers how to organise and manage the game so that it is played
in a safe and enjoyable manner.
We know that prevention is better than cure. RugbySafe provides guidance and resources for all rugby activity organisers on what needs to be in place. Together with Simplyhealth, we recognise that mental and physical wellbeing go hand in hand with developing a positive player welfare culture and keeping the rugby community healthy.
Clubs and all organisers of rugby activities have a responsibility towards the health and safety of players, staff and volunteers. Appropriate measures for training, first aid provision and equipment should be in place to ensure that rugby union is delivered to the highest standards in a safe and enjoyable environment.
There are numerous videos to support the RugbySafe toolkits. These include videos on guidance, first aid, mental wellbeing and research.
The RugbySafe Toolkits are a series of online and downloadable resources designed to provide information and guidance on various player welfare topics. The toolkits are separated into 'bite-size' topics to provide information and guidance to support clubs and other rugby activity organisers in delivering best practice.
Information on the role and responsibilities of clubs so they provide a safe and enjoyable playing environment.
This guidance is deemed best practice and recommends that clubs aim to implement it whenever possible.
Information on player welfare topics and FAQs including: Clothing & Equipment, Medical conditions, First aid Facilities, Equipment & Treatment
Forms and templates for: RFU Reportable Injury Event Form, RFU Referee Reportable Injury Event Form and Medical Emergency Action Plan Template.
Access to the downloadable RFU reportable event form as well as the Proactive incident reporting tool.
Information for clubs and other rugby activity organisers on recommended pitch-side first aid/immediate care provision for training and matches. It covers the different levels and age-groups in the community game.
The training section gives information on the RFU’s Emergency First Aid on Rugby Union (EFARU) course, as well as information on what to look out for when organising courses with other providers.
A suite of training resources including videos and e-Learning modules that cover the main emergency first aid topics and demonstrate how to carry out key first aid skills.
These resources can be used on an individual basis or as part of a group refresher session for club first aiders.