Being a RugbySafe Club

Clubs and any organisers of rugby activities have a responsibility towards the health and safety of players, staff and volunteers. Appropriate measures that include 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.

Club Responsibilities

Clubs and other bodies who organise rugby activity, have the following five responsibilities with respect to safety and first aid:

  1. Complete and record a risk assessment to determine the appropriate level of activity and first aid provision.
  2. Ensure that providers and appointed first aiders are appropriately trained and undertake re-certification in accordance with their qualification.
  3. Ensure that the procedures for the recording and reporting of incidents are followed.
  4. Ensure that suitable first aid facilities and equipment are available.
  5. Ensure that there is adequate cover to allow for absences.

Guidance on this and other related topics is available via the subject headings below.

Checklist

The Being A RugbySafe Club checklist provides an overview of what clubs should have in place to ensure they are delivering a safe and enjoyable rugby programme so they can demonstrate how they are RugbySafe.

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Club RugbySafe Lead

It is highly recommended that clubs identify a Club RugbySafe Lead to ensure that the club is meeting its responsibilities for the welfare of players and that it is complaint with Regulation 9.

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RFU Regulation 9 (Player Safety)

Safety is of paramount importance, it is therefore essential for those involved in the Game to consider their own safety, and the safety of others at all times.

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Insurance

A club should do all it reasonably can to create a safe environment and reduce or eliminate loss, damage or injury to others.

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Risk Assessment

An annual first aid specific risk assessment should be carried out to assess the provision requirements.

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First Aid/Immediate Care Provision

The level of cover that it is reasonable and practicable to provide will depend on the individual circumstances of the club or event organiser.

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First Aid/Immediate Care Training

Clubs should ensure that any first aid/immediate care training is appropriate and meets the RFU’s minimum requirements (equivalent to Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work).

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Minimum Standards for Coaches and Referees

High quality coaching and officiating can contribute to reducing the risk of injury occurring.

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First Aid Facilities & Equipment

Where possible and practicable, clubs should have a suitable first aid room (or rooms) for use during rugby and other sporting activities.

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Medical Emergency Action Plan

Clubs have a responsibility to ensure that their facilities provide a safe environment.

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Incident & Injury Recording/Reporting

The RFU recommends that all clubs and organisations that run rugby activity keep a record any incidents and injuries both on and off the pitch.

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Management of Suspected Concussions

Clubs should ensure that all coaches and referees are aware of the RFU’s HEADCASE concussion guidelines.

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RugbySafe Best Practice

The experience of rugby can vary greatly from club to club.

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