World Rugby: First Aid in Rugby Level 1

Injuries are a part of any contact sport. Serious or life-threatening injury in rugby is, however, rare. The outcome of many injuries can often be improved by very simple first aid skills from bystanders until emergency help arrives.

Such bystanders may be parents, club officials, coaches, referees or even other players. The World Rugby FAIR Level 1 aims to equip with some of the basic skills you may need if you ever found yourself in such a situation.

Course Content

On successful completion of the course, a pitch side responder will be able to:

  • Plan and risk assess for potential emergency situations at sports grounds
  • Appreciate safety hazards for a first aider
  • Protect the neck and perform an assessment of airway, breathing and circulation
  • Recognise the difficulties in telling major and minor injury apart in the early stages – particularly head injuries
  • Recognise cardiac arrest and perform effective basic life support and safe defibrillation
  • Initially manage a potentially spinally injured player safely in an emergency situation
  • Understand the role of the first aider in the chain of survival
  • Manage common limb injuries including sprains, strains and fractures
  • Activate appropriate help

Course Outline

This course is delivered by World Rugby Medical Educators*, and will last approximately 8 hours.

*Healthcare professional or other persons on application with World Rugby Level 2 ICIR or equivalent training and the World Rugby Medical Educator accreditation.


Completion of online pre-requisites and full attendance required. This course is competence based and involves on-course appraisal. It involves both classroom and outdoor practical activities, where coaches will be expected to participate fully in all sessions.


Scottish Rugby is able to subsidise the course cost for those working within our member and associate clubs and schools to grow the game at a price of £35.


Candidates are required to be 16 years of age or over before they can be registered for qualification. They must also provide evidence of having completed the following:

Course Dates & Times

Book now 2 April (10am-4pm) East – Linlithgow RFC
Book now 16 April (10am-4pm) Caledonia North – Highland RFC
Book now 16 April (10am-4pm) Glasgow South – Greenock Wanderers RFC
Book now 14 May (10am-4pm) Caledonia North – Moray RFC

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