Fact-sheet: Be a SunSmart Club
Local sporting clubs have an important role to play in role-modelling sunsmart behaviours, and ultimately preventing harm from the powerful Australian sun.
When the UV Index reaches 3 and above, the Cancer Council Australia recommends a combination of five steps to protect against sun damage. Play your role by promoting these behaviours to members, guests and the entire club community.
1. Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
If you’re a summer club, think about how your uniform supports sun-protection; are shoulders covered?
2. Slop on SPF30+ sunscreen – make sure it is broad spectrum and water resistant. Apply 20 minutes before you go outdoors, reapply every 2 hours.
Make sure that sunscreen is available at the club. You might choose to offer it for free, or have bottles available for purchase at the canteen.
3. Slap on a hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
It helps when club leaders role-model the right SunSmart behaviours. Ask coaches, parents and captains to slap on a hat, it will encourage others to do the same.
4. Seek shade.
Provide plenty of shade, particularly on hot days. If you don’t have many shade options, consider approaching the local council about borrowing a marquee for the weekend.
5. Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.
Our eyes need just as much protection as our skin. Make regular SunSmart announcements reminding spectators to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide on those sunnies.
For more handy information for local sporting clubs including a sample SunSmart Policy, visit Sunsmart.