Everyone should be safe playing sport.
Spending time outside playing sport is a great way to stay active and have fun. We can all play outside safely by making sure we are protected from too much of the Sun's rays. Damage to the skin and eyes from the Sun's rays cannot be repaired and builds up over time. Even one sunburn can increase an athlete's risk of skin cancer later in life. The good news is that there are things we can do to protect ourselves and our teammates.
Making your sport's activities SunSmart
- Encourage a SunSmart culture embracing Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap
- Sun protection is required if the UV level is above 3, even on a cold or cloudy day. Check the levels for your location by downloading the UVNZ app
- Provide shade, sunscreen, and where possible have a sports kit that includes sun protective clothing
- Introduce a sun protection policy specific to your sport that looks after everyone involved, from participants to volunteers such as umpires, lines people, and coaches. Visit Vic Sport for sample policies
- Include information about sun protection in coaching courses
- Rotate volunteers more frequently during the hours the UV is the strongest from 10am to 4pm, September through to April.