YEP First Aid For All: Pitching up to help keep rugby fans safe

LIFE-SAVERS: St John Ambulance first-aiders at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
LIFE-SAVERS: St John Ambulance first-aiders at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
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They are the unsung heroes who keep people safe off the pitch while Leeds Rhinos stars throw their weight around on the pitch.

A dedicated team of first aiders help to make sure that thousands of the region’s rugby fans stay safe during matches.

Over a dozen volunteers from St John Ambulance are on hand to help look after the crowds in Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Among them is community responder and control room leader James Shaw.

James, 28, helps to make sure that first aiders are stood in the right places and can quickly tend to emergencies.

He said: “We deal with 
everything including slips, trips and people who are seriously poorly.

“I once had to deal with someone who had a minor stroke.

“Sometimes at the matches we get people coming up to use to thank us for being here and looking out for people.”

Leeds Rhinos recently threw their weight behind the Yorkshire Evening Post’s First Aid For All campaign.

We have teamed up with St John Ambulance to launch a campaign to teach first aid skills to 500 people in Leeds.

James, who is also a unit leader for the charity in Wetherby, added: “It’s very important to learn first aid because it is a simple skill that can save a life.

“You can then pass on your knowledge and other people can then pass it on.”

We are giving readers the chance to learn lifesaving techniques to help them cope with emergencies.

Our special three-hour courses will teach readers basic first aid.

The YEP has launched a new series of courses starting on Monday, January 14.


The YEP and St John Ambulance are offering a discounted three-hour course that covers emergency life support procedures for adults, children and infants.

Courses have been organised for YEP readers at a discounted rate of £20. To book ring 01924 262 726 and press option four and quote the discount code 20EFAAA.

Courses are suitable for children aged 12 and over. If youngsters are under the age of 16 they must attend with an adult.

Courses will be held at Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road on: January 14, 10am to 1pm, January 30, 9.30am- 12.30pm, January 30, 1pm to 4pm, February 12, 6pm to 9pm, February 24, 1pm to 4pm, March 25, 9.30am to 12.30pm

Leeds Church Inst, New Market Street on: January 20, noon to 3pm, February 7, 10am to 1pm, February 18, 9.30am to 12.30pm, March 18, 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1pm until 4pm.

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