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North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership Now Accredited

North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership is now an accredited supporter of the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, a fantastic nationwide sun awareness and protection initiative.

Devised by the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code (OKSSC) is partnered with the Youth Sport Trust, the Association for Physical Education (AfPE), the Child Protection in Sport Unit and sports coach UK. Following its launch in 2014, the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code has increased its support to over 80 national governing bodies and outdoor activity groups.

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Why Sun Protection is Still a Burning Issue for Kids

A national survey by the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, investigating the provision of sun protection for children who attend outdoor activities, reveals habits still need to change.

Sunburn is dangerous. Just one incidence every two years can triple the risk of melanoma.* Despite this, a quarter of those who work outdoors with children admit to a child having sunburn whilst in their care, and a worrying 40% of children still turn up to outdoor sessions without any sun protection whatsoever. Over 60% of those surveyed also admitted to hearing young children discussing 'getting a tan'.

Over the last 40 years, rates of melanoma in the UK have risen faster than any of the 10 most common cancers, increasing more than fivefold since the mid-1970s. Although 86% of melanomas are linked to over-exposure to the sun or sunbeds*, 1 in 5 surveyed admitted that they didn't realise there was a link.

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The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code initiative to encourage healthy habits

It seems like the younger generations of today are invariably lost in a world of technology and getting them away from their screens can be a battle. However getting kids playing outdoors in the sunshine is vital to the development of everyday life skills and their overall health and wellbeing.

With the pressure of getting them out there playing for a day in an organised activity, unfortunately many forget the importance of protecting them from the sun. Although good for us in small doses, the danger comes from unprotected, prolonged exposure to the sun and the incidence of sunburn.

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Help Us Blow the Whistle on Sunburn! #morethansport

Premier Sport is proud to support The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, the first accredited sun protection initiative designed for specifically for outdoor activity leaders. This spring they have launched a new and improved format which aims to help ‘Blow the Whistle on Sunburn!’

Devised by the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code is partnered with the Youth Sport Trust, the Association for Physical Education (AfPE), the Child Protection in Sport Unit and sports coach UK. Following its launch in 2014, the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code has increased its support to over 80 national governing bodies and outdoor activity groups, all of whom are encouraging their members to sign up and get involved.

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And We're Back!

We have been busy during the winter months, fine tuning and improving the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code and are now proud to introduce our new website. If you are already familiar with us, you will notice that our improved design is much easier to navigate and the format easier to implement, which will hopefully encourage more of you to take action and get OK accredited.

We really hope you like it!

Following our launch in 2014 we are delighted to announce that we have increased our support to over 80 national governing bodies and outdoor activity groups, all of whom have agreed to work with us, encouraging their members to sign up and get involved.

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Association for Physical Education Supporting Outdoor Kids

The Association for Physical Education is proud to support The Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, the first accredited sun protection initiative designed for specifically for outdoor activity leaders. This spring they have launched a new and improved format which aims to help ‘Blow the Whistle on Sunburn!’

Devised by the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code is partnered with the the Association for Physical Education, the Child Protection in Sport Unit, sports coach UK and the YST.

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Petersfield CC supports the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code

Dear Parent or Carer
Although it’s great to get children enjoying the benefits of physical activity outdoors, they need to be protected from the harmful effects of the sun as even one incidence of sunburn can impact on the likelihood of developing melanoma when older. Further to this, we will be following guidelines from the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code. Protecting Future Generations. As we can’t do it without your help, may we kindly ask that you read and follow these guidelines whilst your child attends our sessions from April to September:

  1. Equip with a hat and sunglasses (to be worn when appropriate).
  2. Apply SPF 30+ before your child arrives.
  3. Equip with a bottle of SPF 30+ UVA/UVB sun screen (labelled with their name) so they can reapply during the day. If your child has an allergy to either the sun or sunscreen or difficulty in applying, please make a member of staff aware so that an effective sun protection plan can be agreed.

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England Athletics - Sun Safety Code

Blow the Whistle on Sunburn!

We’re proud to be supporting the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code; a FREE online resource bank for all those who work with children in a whole range of outdoor activities. Simply log on, follow some simple but effective guidelines to earn your Accreditation Mark and ensure that whenever young athletes are training or competing outside they are adequately protected from the sun. A downloadable toolkit provides promotional materials, designed to keep guidelines ‘front of mind’ and ensure that your good practice is supported by parents. This spring (2015) they have launched a new and improved format which aims to help ‘Blow the Whistle on Sunburn!’

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