World Rugby First Aid in Rugby Level 1

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.

Application Procedures

Select the link on your chosen venue to register your details via our Eventbrite online application form. Places are limited for each course and places are allocated on a first come first served basis.


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. If you are not involved with one of our member clubs and schools then you must pay the unsubsidised price of £100.

Payment must be made online via Eventbrite by debit/credit card.

As a result of this new process, we will no longer be invoicing clubs/schools or requesting payment by cheque. Payment for up to 10 attendees at a time can be made via eventbrite should a club/school wish to pay for a number of candidates. Again this will have to be made via eventbrite at the time of the application.

Our previous policy on refunds will remain in place, where they will not be offered should a candidate(s) withdraw prior to the start of the course. We will however endeavour to place them on an alternative course at a later date.


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:-

Date and Time Location
12 September 11:00 - 17:00

Inverness Leisure Centre (Colin Baillie Room)

19 September 10:00 - 16:00

Greenock Wanderers RFC

19 September 10:00 - 16:00

Selkirk RFC

26 September 10:00 - 16:00

Musselburgh RFC

10 October 10:00 - 16:00

Deeside RFC

24 October 10:00 - 16:00

Mackie FP RFC

21 November 10:00 - 16:00

Robert Gordons University

19 December 10:00 - 16:00

Moray RFC

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