First Aid Facilities & Equipment


Where possible and practicable, schools/colleges should have a suitable first aid room (or rooms) for use during rugby and other sporting activities. The room should be easily accessible to stretchers and be clearly signposted. Wherever possible, the room should be reserved specifically for providing first aid and with a designated individual (e.g. first aid lead or appointed first aider person) being responsible for the room.

For many schools/colleges a single location is probably insufficient as playing fields can extend over a large area, often on separate sites far away from other school infrastructure. Schools need to consid­er carefully how First Aid assessment points are identified and where they should be located.


Every school, college or rugby activity organiser should assess what equipment is required when com­pleting their first aid/immediate care risk assessment. It is important to have appropriate first aid equipment readily accessible whenever any rugby activity is taking place.

Emergency first aid should only be given by appropriately trained persons. First aid equipment should only be provided appropriate to the level of training of the first aider or immediate care provider.

First Aid Facilities & Equipment – Essential Guide

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

The RFU are working with the Community Heartbeat Trust to provide guidance and support to clubs, universities, schools and colleges on the purchasing, governance and maintenance of Automated Ex­ternal Defibrillators (AED).

More information can be found in the AED RugbySafe Essential Guide or by visiting the Community Heartbeat Trust website.


The RFU have teamed up with Medtree, an international medical equipment supplier, to offer clubs high quality discounted equipment. This includes the specially designed RugbySafe First Aid Kit. This is a waterproof bag that comes fully kitted out for a pitch-side Emergency first aider. It can also be personalised with a school/college or specific logo.

For more information visit the Medtree Rugby.


Ensure you are delivering a safe and enjoyable rugby programme and can demonstrate how it is RugbySafe.