Safety first as DLSP celebrate London Irish link
De La Salle Palmerston (DLSP) FC recently hosted their London Irish friends in Kirwan Park for a great day of Mini Rugby.
For the last 34 years Salmo have been travelling over to London to take part in the annual London Irish Mini/Youth Festival of Rugby and this year marks the 30-year anniversary of hosting their own London Irish Festival with over 30 Rugby clubs from all over Ireland taking part.
This festival of U12 Rugby is without doubt their biggest event in the Mini/Youth calendar and has grown significantly over the last 30 years.
Big Rugby events like these take a lot of planning, with the focus on safety paramount, with scores of volunteers giving their time to make sure all the players and especially their parents are secure in the knowledge that any injuries will be taken care of in the best professional manner that DLSP has fostered over the years.
The DLSP/London Irish Festival in Kirwan Park was a great example in how Health and Safety issues can be dealt with in the best possible fashion, with nearly 40 minor, thankfully, injuries occurring on the day.
They had a fully equipped Triage tent (pictured), with Katherina Purcell RN in attendance throughout the Festival, and in addition a fully-trained team from St John Ambulance Service.
First Aid protocol is followed not only at formal festivals but at every match and training session. This is facilitated by having at least one trained first aider (coach) on every squad. DLSP run frequent in-house First Aid courses to ensure we have adequate personnel available at all times who are equipped with the most up to date information available.