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Sports injuries course to be more 'user-friendly'

a motion passed at the AGM in 2008 made it compulsory for each club to have a minimum of one qualified person to be present at all matches.

A period of eighteen months was allowed for clubs to comply with the motion.

Initially a course was organised in the MDL in which eighteen clubs were represented.

A small numbe of clubs hosted courses themselves, but presently more than 50% of clubs have not complied.

Some of the problems put forward included the lengthily duration of the courses, and the amount of material not applicable to everyday sports injuries.

In order to make the course more user friendly a revised programme has been put together and will be made available each time there are a minimum of six applications.

Clubs may book directly, or in some cases in conjunction with neighbouring clubs. In all instances such intent must be made known to the MDL.

The basic structure of the revised course is as follows: It is called a Sports First Aid and CPR course, and covers all types of first aid emergencies that a first aider might come across in everyday life and in particular on a sports ground from a medical emergency "heart attack, stroke, diabetic.. broken bones, strains and sprains and controlling bleeding.

The use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) is in the course. Certificates will be awarded to all who complete the course (Irish Heart Foundation).

This course could be run over one day or two nights in your choice of venue. The Cost per person for three hours first aid course, and three hours cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is 60 euros per person.

The instructor Jonathan McKenna is a qualified Irish Heart Foundation Instructor and is also a qualified occupational First Aid Instructor and registered with the Occupational First Aid Assessment Agent

For further details contact John at 086 8578649

FAI support for Haiti soccerthon fundraiser

The FAI are helping to support a Soccerthon in Drogheda Leisure Centre on Saturday February 27th.

The aim is to stage a 24 hour non-stop Soccerthon which will start at 9am on Saturday morning and finish at 9am the following morning.

The Garda, Ambulance, Firemen, and Chamber of Commerce are committed to covering the late shift and the Drogheda and Dundalk League of Ireland sides will play each other during the day also.

All MDL &, NECSL clubs, and casual groups are requested to source support for this worthy cause by committing to playing for one hour of football.

The cost is €100 per team and you can play against a team or play against each other. It is open to anybody; clubs, schools factories, banks, groups or mates looking for a game of Football for an hour.

Entries maybe made through Meath Development Officer Mark Scanlon stating preferred time and thus collectively play our parts in helping out the people of Haiti and have a bit of fun whilst doing it.

All proceeds will go to Concern and L'Athletique Haiti For further details contact Mark at 086-7954353. E-mail: mark.scanlon@fai.ie