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First Aid Workshop To Benefit Officials

The Fiji Volleyball Federation through the Volleyball Australia and Australian AID has started Fiji volleyball’s first ever Sports First Aid Programme. The programme was held at the FASANOC Boardroom and
29 Oct 2014 15:08
First Aid Workshop To Benefit Officials
Kitione Kotobalavu (second from left), demonstrates First Aid to participants during the Fiji volleyball’s Sports First-Aid Programme at FASANOC House in Suva. Photo: Rama

The Fiji Volleyball Federation through the Volleyball Australia and Australian AID has started Fiji volleyball’s first ever Sports First Aid Programme.

The programme was held at the FASANOC Boardroom and attended by 21 officials. The participants were taught about the basic skills on first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
FVF development officer Kenneth Lidise said the training is important as it not only benefits the participants but the sport in general and those who play it.

“Fiji Volleyball has realised the need and importance of educating our officials in programmes such as first aid,” Lidise said.

“Trainings like these are very imperative, our officials are involved in the communities getting people active in sports, mainly volleyball, some of our development officers are involved with school children and organising tournaments for secondary school students.

“Our officials from the affiliates, now that the season is over, will be involved with competition every Saturdays and then we have the elite programmes where teams compete in overseas competitions.”
Lidise said the participants would gain a lot from the workshop as it is mostly practical.

“Most of the sessions that we have are practical. We have theory in the mornings and have practical sessions after that.

“Most, if not all of the participants are realising how easy it is to apply CPR.

“I believe that with a bit more practice this can be applied in any programmes they are involved with and they will take what they have learned back into the community.” he said.

Despite volleyball not being an actual contact sport, Lidise said it does not free them from injury. “Although volleyball may not be a contact sport but injury does occur and it if good for the officials to be educated so that we can apply what we have learnt which is really beneficial.”

The workshop ends today with an oral and written test before the participants receive their accreditation.

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj



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