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Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships 2015 - keeping kids sun protected

By Jannine Walker

The English Federation of Disability Sport is a national charity, dedicated to disabled people in sport and physical activity. Making active lives possible, we support a wide range of organisations to include disabled people more effectively. Our vision is that disabled people are active for life.

One of the top safeguarding priorities for our events programme, Disability Sports Events, is to provide high quality, safe sports events and activities for disabled people. My job as event manager is to ensure that this happens.

When a colleague suggested I look at the information on the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code an initiative devised by the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, I thought it was a fantastic campaign and definitely something I insisted we sign up to.

Our Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships took place over the weekend of the 27th and 28th June. It was a really hot weekend and we had over 250 competitors, 100 volunteers and 200 spectators; that’s a lot of people out in the sun for a whole day!

As a partner for the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, we ensured everyone was informed by displaying ‘Blow the Whistle on Sunburn!’ posters and we provided information leaflets for those at the event from the downloadable resource on their website. We also had an unlimited supply of sun block for anyone who needed it, and made sure everyone was kept hydrated and stayed in the shade where possible.

The Smartsun UK UV bracelets displaying the need for protection is such a fantastic idea and was a real hit the competitors as well as their supporters.

As an event manager and a parent, there is no excuse not to protect children from the sun. If you have any questions regarding EFDS events programme, please email Jannine Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07725273158.

For further information on the English Federation of Disability Sport please email Sarah Marl, marketing and communications manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 07764 291671.

To get your event OK accredited, visit www.oksunsafetycode.com or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posted in News July 2015

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