(PRESS RELEASE) – Injuries are an occupational hazard associated with the game of football.
Due to the aggressive nature and high pace of the game, injuries will inevitably occur. In addition, the occurrence of sudden illnesses and accidents must also be on the forefront of our minds as we seek to improve every facet of our football package.
In acknowledgement of this fact, the Saint Lucia Football Association Inc. has deemed it absolutely essential that every club participating in local football be equipped with an individual who is capable of administering assistance in the unfortunate event of an on field accident or illness. Furthermore, as the association advances with its club licensing mandate, it is absolutely imperative that every club desirous of a license be capable of managing on field emergencies. For these purposes, the SLFA has teamed up with St. Lucia Red Cross to organize the SLFA/ ST. Lucia Red Cross First Responder’s Course.
It will be a one day course facilitated by certified personnel from the St. Lucia Red Cross. The course is being held today, Thursday, January 25th, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. at the ST. Lucia Red Cross Headquarters in Vigie, Castries.
Participants will finish the course armed with the fundamental skills needed to administer first aid until further and more qualified assistance is available. Skill in first aid is an invaluable asset for anyone to possess. Proper administration of first aid can significantly reduce a patient’s risk of suffering long term injuries and in some cases can even save a life.
It is the intention of the SLFA to provide each club which has fulfilled the initial club licensing requirements to get at least one person certified in first aid. As a result, this collaborative project will span for eight months as the association seeks to enrol classes of twelve participants on the last Thursday of each month during the period of time. The first set of participants hailed exclusively from clubs which have qualified to participate in the SLFA’s first division tournament; this list of clubs has been supplemented by participants of an addition four clubs which have displayed a decent degree of competence in the President’s Cup.
Speaking at the opening of the course earlier this morning, SLFA President Mr Lyndon Cooper reiterated that this initiative in accordance to the requirements of the club licensing process. He encouraged participants to approach the exercise with utmost seriousness and pledged the continued support of the association to all eighty seven clubs with provisional club licenses. Mr Cooper stated that this project is one of many to come, all with the sole intention of aiding clubs to meet the global requirements of the club licensing process. The next first responder’s course which will feature another twelve participating clubs is scheduled for February 21st, 2018.