On Saturday 5th September, MRFC hosted a ‘First Aid’ course provided by Louise Worsley from Worsley Training. Incoming Youth Chair, Amanda Palmer has arranged two sessions for any coaches, parent helpers, volunteers who needed to update their skill set, the first of which was yesterday, and the next session will be Saturday 12th September.  The RFU currently recommends each age group has at least one qualified First Aider available and another per venue at training and at matches (when they recommence). The RFU is currently unable to provide the training and so  Amanda made contact with Louise (who is a regular on the touch line on a Sunday) as her husband, Martin, is a coach and their son and daughter are also players - she very kindly accepted the challenge to get our guys trained up.

As we all know, times are very different due to COVID-19 and Louise ran a fantastic course which was safe, engaging, fun and everyone felt more confident and knowledgeable by the end of the session. All the required elements were covered as well as some more specialist rugby related injuries. There were lots of practical elements with informative discussions and thankfully no one actually required any real medical attention for the duration of the course – so well-done Louise.

Amanda also very kindly organised lunch, freshly handmade sandwiches which were dutifully delivered by her dad, Charlie and his partner Barbara which were devoured especially the egg sandwiches (courtesy of Charlie’s happy hens).

The countdown is on for the return of mini/junior training during these new and strange times. The Club is working hard to generate a safe environment for the youngsters to train in. All RFU rules and guidelines have been followed and though things will be different hopefully the younger members of the Club will still have fun and enjoy their return to rugby and parents can feel confident that the care of their children is of the highest importance to the Club.

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