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House Rules: Weekend shows the need for first aid officers

IT has been a tough week for some codes dealing with injuries and not just the sprained ankle.

It is a credit to these clubs that they have ensured first aid officers are on site to reduce the impact of injuries and incidents.

Does your club have qualified first aid officers on hand for your fixtures and events? If not you may be putting yourself and the club at risk.

At any time, an injury can occur and all clubs need to assess the risk associated with any incident.

Having first aid officers present reduces the risk of ongoing issues for the individual and the club.

All clubs should have a risk management plan for injuries, whether it be to have ice on hand or a full procedure for first aid presence and requirement for ambulances. The outlay of a few hundred dollars per year to train volunteers in first aid is well worth it to deal with injuries and incidents.

Protect your players and your volunteers.

Group first aid courses are available and there are many providers available.

Contact for provider details.


Ipswich fun day

THE Ipswich Family Fun Day is on Saturday in Queens Park.

The annual event will offer a range of activities.

Sporting clubs have the opportunity to be a part of the fun day, which is a great way to promote your sport in the community and a little different to the usual advertising you may do. The day is well promoted in the community so head along this year to see how your club could be involved.

Entertainment, information stalls and children's activities will also be on offer at Queens Park from 11am-2pm on Saturday.


Active holidays

WITH the school holidays nearly upon us, or here for those at certain schools, Active Breaks is on again.

Active Breaks provides free activities for children between the ages of five and 17 to try over the school holidays. Traditional sports, dance, water sports and even bird watching are some of the activities on offer.

These sessions allow children to try various sports and encourage ongoing interest in clubs and organisations. If you want to register your children or are a club and want to be involved in the future, contact Cool Sports or visit the Council's website,

Registrations are required.



Leader training

SPORTS Community are offering the opportunity for clubs to gain valuable skills through their webinar series, club leadership.

The series is designed to support current and future club leaders with the vital knowledge required to lead a successful club. The sessions are for presidents and other committee or leader positions. Sessions include:

Understanding the cultures and characteristics of successful clubs;

Unleashing the power of goal setting;

Attracting and retaining volunteers and players;

Member safety and protection: Vital information all committees must know;

The power of communication, relationships and advocacy.

Webinars allow volunteers to learn in their own home (or clubhouse) and own time. All sessions are recorded for volunteers to view at a later time if they cannot attend the live session.

For more information, visit


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