About SYFA Approved Sports First Aid

With the increasing numbers of children and young adults getting involved in Sporting activates and potentially getting injured that Scottish Youth Football Association wanted to guarantee that they got treated and treated well to current guidelines.

With this in mind the Scottish Youth Football Association decided that they wanted there to be a Sports First Aid Course. This course according the SYFA was to be 16 hours in length and have a very comprehensive content list.

Not only did they want to make sure the correct course was taught but they wanted to make sure the course was taught well so that established a criteria that a training organisation must meet. Below you can find out what the course content is and also the standards that we have to work to.


Course dates & Cost

The cost per place for the 1 day (16 hour with 8 hours online learning mandatory) SYFA Approved Sports First Aid is £50+VAT.

This 1 day course is generally carried out on a Saturday. It consists of a theory & practical assessment as per the SYFA criteria. The course running time is from 08.30 to 17.00. At Albacare complimentary tea, coffee, fruit and biscuits are provided. This course can also be brought to your location, and also over 5 weeks (give us a call about breaking the course up over 5 weeks) or if you want to avoid the online aspect of the course we can do 2 in class day.

Courses Dates:

  • Saturday 9th December
  • Saturday 9th December
  • Saturday 20th January
  • Saturday 17th February
  • Saturday 10th March
  • Saturday 14th April
  • Saturday 12th May
  • Saturday 9th June


SYFA Sports First Aid Course

This 16 Hour Sport SPECIFIC course with content defined by the SYFA
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.
We teach our courses in Bathgate. However if you are looking for a course to be taught for your location get in touch - 0800 852 7854

SYFA Course Standards

To provide the SYFA Sports First Aid we must stick to the following -
Course taught by appropriately qualified individuals from an appropriate provider in a suitable venue
Course duration should be 16 hours taught over 8 hours in class with 8 hours pre course work, or you can do the 16 hours all in class or smaller sections provided the whole course is over no more than 5 weeks.
Course accreditation to last no more than 3 years without an update/refresher session
Course covers list of topics to the left
Course is specifically designed as Sports First Aid and materially different from an existing First Aid course
Course teaching materials to include powerpoint presentation or equivalent with additional written material/course handbook for participants to retain
Course to have appropriate examination procedure, which must include Basic life support/CPR and scenario, based assessment in "real-life" sporting situations. Course participants must be examined as individuals. Written examination may be added to the examination process but when not used it is important that the scenario examination covers multiple areas of the syllabus
Course to have external (or significant independent internal) validation and annual audit
We teach our courses in Bathgate. However if you are looking for a course to be taught for your location get in touch - 0800 852 7854

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