Lots of us enjoy the sun and warmer months. However, there are several factors to consider when planning sport and activities for young people which may occur during hot weather.
What risks do heatwaves pose?
Higher temperatures and sun exposure can lead to:
- heat exhaustion and heatstroke
Anyone exposed to the heat can be at risk of these dangers, especially when completing physical activity. However, some children and young people may be more prone. For example, those with existing medical conditions and those on multiple medications may be more vulnerable.
Tips for handling hot weather
It’s important to take precautions for the heat when organising sport for children and young people. For example:
- plan ahead: avoid scheduling heavy physical activity during the hottest hours of the day, between 11am and 3pm
- be prepared: ensure children have sunscreen and water, as well as a hat and light clothing that protects skin from the sun
- search for shade: if working outside, be sure there is enough shade or sun protection available
- keep spaces cool: keep windows closed during the hottest parts of the day and provide fans
- know the signs of heat-related illnesses: warnings of heatstroke include (but are not limited to) a high temperature, dizziness, feeling or being sick and becoming clammy or irritable. Understanding what to look for ensures you can seek support as soon as possible.
The NHS and Public Health England have released good practice guidance about staying safe during a heatwave. The resources below also include more information and advice for keeping young people safe in hot weather.
- Beat the heat: staying safe in hot weather – government guidance
- Heatwave guide to looking after yourself and others during hot weather – a leaflet from the NHS
- Events held in public parks and spaces - CPSU briefing paper
- Event safeguarding checklist - CPSU checklist
Safe sports events management tool
Our online safe sports events management tool allows you to work through all elements of planning an event, at any level, and also provides supporting resources to further assist you.