The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, which launched in 2014, was developed by The Melanoma Fund, Physical Education (AfPE), Child Protection in Sport (NSPCC), UK Coaching and the Youth Sport Trust and remains the only sun protection initiative designed for children in sport and organised outdoor activity.
With skin cancer the most common and fastest growing cancer in the UK, British Blind Sport acknowledge the importance of safeguarding young people and venerable adults against the risks involved with high levels of UV exposure, with an emphasis on avoiding sunburn.
Along with over 100 National Governing Bodies of Sport, British Blind Sport is promoting the importance of sun protection within sport and the crucial role coaches play in the protection of young people during sports and activity sessions, highlighting the 5 basic rules of sun protection:
- Prepare – Ensure that everyone arrives ready for a day in the sun
- Protect – use clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen (SPF30+) reapplied at breaks
- Shade – Avoid direct sunlight during lunch or whilst spectating others
- Hydrate – Ensure water is always available
- Lead by example – Inspire children with your own actions
In addition to the basic rules of sun protection, the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code offer support and guidance to clubs, coaches and organisations who wish to improve their sun protection practices with new downloadable educational resources.
To find out more about the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, or to browse useful resources, please visit the official campaign website at https://oksunsafetycode.com/