HeALTH & SAFETY

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SMOKE FREE VENUES

Global Games events are a smoke and alcohol free event's - please make your supporters aware of this! If you need to smoke, please go outside the grounds as all event locations within the gates are smokefree. Please don’t be alarmed if our crew tells you not to smoke or drink. We are trying to make this a healthy environment for all the kids so please help to make these events whānau-friendly by not smoking or drinking about our young people.

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FIRST AID

Ensuring the players are as safe as possible is the most important area for us.  Every team is required to bring a qualified first aider with them along with having their own first aid kit for the team. They are also responsible for supplying ice each day. Our festival medical team will provide professional medical assistance during the festival, however your first aider is the first person to evaluate if the festival medical team is required.

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WET WEATHER PROCEDURE

In the event of light or intermittent rain before and during matches, play will continue as normal. However, in the event of heavy continuous rain Global Games will need to cancel any fixture.

In the event of lightning, play will be immediately stopped for the duration of that storm.

All participating teams must supply the event organisers with a reliable contact mobile phone number for a member of the team management.  The safety of the competitors is of the upmost concern to the organisers.

Please make sure that you bring appropriate gear for all conditions from hot sunshine to rain and snow. September can be a funny month for weather, and over the last ten years we have experienced it all.

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HYDRATION

It is essential that team management ensure that competitors are not placed at risk and are properly hydrated before participating in physical activity.  It’s important to stay hydrated. Good hydration means getting the right amount of water before, during, and after exercise.

Even when precautions are taken it is possible a young athlete might suffer from dehydration. Because of this, it’s important to teach players about hydration on youth sports so they know the signs of dehydration to recognize the symptoms and seek help.

These symptoms could signal dehydration:

  • Having a dry or sticky mouth

  • Feeling thirsty

  • Suffering from a headache

  • Feeling dizzy

  • Experiencing cramps

  • Having excessive fatigue

  • Showing disinterest in the game or practice

  • Struggling to play up to his or her usual level

If an athlete feels the signs of dehydration, attention should be raised with a parent, coach, or management. If caught early, most dehydration can be resolved by consuming more fluids.

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SUN PROTECTION

Be SunSmart during September to April, especially between 10.00am and 4.00pm when the sun’s UV rays are most fierce.

SLIP 

Slip on a shirt with long sleeves. Fabrics with a tighter weave and darker colours will give you better protection from the sun.

Slip into the shade of an umbrella or a leafy tree. Plan your outdoor activities for early or later in the day when the sun's UV levels are lower.

SLOP

Slop on plenty of broad-spectrum, water resistant sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Apply 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours and especially after being in water or sweating.

 

SLAP

Wear a hat with a wide brim or a cap with flaps. More people are sunburnt on the face and neck than any other part of the body.

 

WRAP

Choose close fitting, wrap around style sunglasses. Not all sunglasses protect against UV radiation, so always check the label for the sun protection rating.

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CONCUSSION IN SPORT

Concussion is a frequent concern for those playing sport, from children and teenagers to professional athletes.

A concussion is a brain injury that can occur in any sport, you don’t have to be knocked or even be hit on the head directly to be concussed.

Learn to recognise the signs and what to do (the 3R’s of concussion):

  • Recognise the signs and symptoms.

  • Remove from play.

  • Refer to a Doctor.

Find more information  – HERE

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SECURITY

Please ensure all personal items and items of value are secure at all times. The organisers take no responsibility for loss or damage to valuables or clothing.