SFA/SYFA Club Accreditation through the ‘Quality Mark’ and First Aid training requirements

SFA/SYFA Club Accreditation through the ‘Quality Mark’ and First Aid training requirements

What is the Quality Mark?

SFA/SYFA Club Accreditation through the ‘Quality Mark’ and First Aid training requirements. The SYFA (Scottish Youth Football Association) has been looking to support the development of its clubs and as part of this process has introduced the Quality Mark Award scheme. This club accreditation scheme is aimed to increase participation in football and help clubs to be the best they can be.

To do this the scheme is a driver to help the development of coaches, players and volunteers. The Quality Mark Scheme is run in partnership with sportscotland.

Quality Mark First Aid Criteria

There is a list of criteria for the quality mark (screenshot in blog folder) or use link above. One of these relates to first aid training for coaches. SFA Club Licensing includes the requirement that clubs have at least 1 person on the touchline with all teams who has Sports First Aid training, where a Chartered Physiotherapist is not present. This does not mean a club needs one fist aid qualified coach, but each time one of the clubs teams is in training or at a game their must be a first aid qualified person pitchside. In reality this means that training one coach as a first aider wont cover the requirements of the Quality Mark.

SYFA First Aid courses

The Medical Committee has set a standard for first aid trainers in terms of content and assessment of their courses. This includes a requirement that they are over 16 hours in length. First Aid Training Co-operative is an approved provider of these courses and their course is listed here.

Course content

  • The role of the first aider.
  • Legal responsibilities of a first aider, duty of care/standards of care, roles and responsibilities especially regarding children.
  • First aid at sporting events.
  • The SYFA first aid kit.
  • Incident assessment inc sending for help and personal safety.
  • Basic life support (as per latest European Resuscitation Council guidelines) including use of AED.
  • Management of the unconscious casualty.
  • Recovery position & action for vomiting.
  • Choking.
  • Injuries to the head inc facial injuries.
  • Specific information on the management of concussion with evidence approach based on new Scottish guidelines (2015).
  • Spinal injury.
  • Injuries to the limbs & soft tissue and suspected fracture.
  • Bleeding injuries inc management of shock.
  • Management of wounds and burns.
  • Medical conditions in sport including asthma, diabetes, seizures, angina/heart attack, stroke and environmental problems including heat and cold.


First Aid Training Co-operative can deliver an SFA / SYFA Sports First Aid course at your venue across Scotland at dates to suite your club. Find out more.