SSFL stages First Responders Course for Schools


The Secondary Schools Football League will stage a First Responders Course for representatives of the Various Schools participating in the league.

The course will be staged at the Ato Boldon Stadium this Saturday and Sunday from 9am each day and the SSFL has mandated that one representative from each school in the League attend. The course which will be held over a period, will cater for one hundred individuals with twenty persons taking part in the opening course.

The course will be conducted by the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force’s Medical Team and participants will receive certification from the American Heart Association.

The objective will be centred around having personnel that can respond to emergency situations on the field of play and be able to treat medical emergencies.

SSFL President William Wallace spoke on the objective of the course.

“We at the SSFL see this First Responders  course as something which absolutely necessary for our schools that are taking part in the league and at the same time carry such a huge responsibility as it relates to the health and safety of the students  who are players within the various teams,” Wallace said.

“It is an opportunity for team staff, coaches and anyone who is closely involved with a team to learn some basic skills and knowledge on how to assess and treat an injured player. We are therefore delighted that the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force has agreed to partner with us on this important initiative and we wish to thank them sincerely for their assistance,” Wallace continued.

Among the areas that will be covered will include but not limited to – Developing emergency planning skills; Practicing methods of initially dealing with injuries; Utilising safe methods of transporting players and Recognising concussion and cardiac arrest and providing initial first response.

The SSFL earlier this year staged B and C License Coaching Courses for coaches in the League and continues with its commitment to  the overall development of the League.