|Summer football tournaments are usually an
enjoyable way to spend a day - even if your team doesn't get past the qualifying rounds!
However, even the most well run tournament will present some risks
to the health and safety of your players. As coach it's
your responsibility to make sure everyone is aware of these risks and takes sensible
One of the most significant risks (even on a cold day) is
dehydration. It might seem obvious to you and me but you need to make sure that the
children in your team bring plenty of drink (at least two
litres of water or isotonic drink per person) and enough energy
rich food to last the day. Not a couple of cans of fizzy pop and some crisps!
**make your own
Another potentially serious risk is sunburn. I always
tell my parents to make sure their children put on sun block before they arrive and bring
some more to apply during the day.
By the way, don't offer your own sun block to your
players - they might be allergic to the ingredients.
Take a gazebo or tent so that players can have somewhere
to rest out of the sun (or rain). And make sure someone knows how to put it up!
If the worst comes to the worst and you suspect one of
your players has been adversely affected by the sun, follow the advice below (provided by St John Ambulance)