SFA and SYFA Approved First Aid Training for Football Clubs

The Scottish FA and the Scottish Youth FA recommend that all coaches take a first aid course in order to be able to deal with accidents in training and on the pitch. There isn’t always another first aider nearby so each coach should have some first aid training.

First Aid Training Co-operative has been running approved SFA and SYFA first aid courses for the past 5 years. These courses meet the first aid requirements for the SYFA Club Licensing scheme and SFA Club Licensing Scheme. Both schemes require that:


“a club have at least 1 person on the touchline that has Sports First Aid training with all teams, where a Chartered Physiotherapist is not present”.

Our courses are taught by qualified trainers and are specifically designed for Sports First Aid. The course is scenario based and covers leg injury, head and spinal injury management plus CPR for adults and children. In recent years we have kept pace with the changes in Sports First Aid training. Our courses now meet the mandatory 16 hours requirement and also include additional training such as the use of an AED (defibrillator) as required by the SFA.

Why are our courses different?

1. Many training providers offer standard workplace first aid courses that have been adapted for sports. Our courses are genuine Sports First Aid courses for football clubs, with all content specifically tailored for the club environment.

2. Learn how to make ‘Return to Play’ decisions. Whether in training or in play, how do you know when a player should be taken off the pitch due to an injury, or be allowed to continue with activity? The course will teach you an on-field assessment tool to help you make safe decisions and best consider your players’ welfare in the instance of an injury.

3. Magic ‘ice’. Find out the latest information about the use of icing, sprays and that ‘magic sponge’ for dealing with soft tissue injuries (strains and sprains). The course focuses on practical issues around the use of icing and sprays on the pitch and in real time when training or at a match. You will find out when to, and when not to, use ice.

4. Concussions and head injuries. This is an increasingly important part of the game. Someone takes a knock to the head; how do you know if it is serious or not serious? Our trainers will take you through the latest information on head injury/concussion protocols and how to use them.

5. Practical and scenario-based training. We have developed a series of football-specific practical scenarios that our trainers will use during your training. By working through these, course participants gain the knowledge and confidence put their first aid skills into action in a real emergency.

6. Learn to put together a club emergency action plan. Our trainers will help you develop an emergency action plan for your club. Covering topics such as; location and content of first aid kits, contacting the emergency services, dealing with emergency situation whilst off-site or traveling to an away game, and the roles and responsibilities that coaches have in an incident.

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