Sunguarding – Doorstep Sport

The following specific tips and advice have been developed for Doorstep Sport clubs, which provide young people living in underserved communities with accessible and affordable opportunities to take part in sport in their local area. This guide has been developed with the help of StreetGames.

Doorstep Sport

Participants

  1. Clothing should always be the first line of defence, so ensure you keep a T-shirt on and wear a hat and sunglasses if appropriate. Wraparound sunglasses keep your eyes safe from all angles.
  2. Get into the habit of applying sunscreen before you start activity.
  3. Use a broad-spectrum product with an SPF 30 or higher, paying special attention to your ears, nose, and shoulders, as well as other areas which are prone to burning.
  4. Using a sunscreen applicator, or cleaning palms with a small towel and alcohol gel, is a good way to avoid a greasy grip whilst playing sports with a racquet or bat etc.
  5. Once applied to the skin, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or more often if you are prone to excessive sweating, or playing hard!
  6. Hydration is essential in reducing the risk of overheating, so keep a bottle of water with you and sip regularly.

Coaches

  1. The sun is strongest between 11am and 3pm so, if possible, plan activity outside of these hours or move the activity indoors, particularly on clear, sunny days.
  2. Consider setting up temporary sheet shades, to protect participants if there is no natural shade available.
  3. Always have water on hand to help everyone stay hydrated and avoid overheating.
  4. Lead by example, use sun protection yourself and help others if required.
  5. Plan regular rest breaks and opportunities for participants to seek shade, rehydrate and reapply sunscreen.
  6. Know the signs of heat stress and heat exhaustion and keep a close eye on all participants for any warning signs.

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