All players, coaches, and staff taking part in competitions under the National Governing Body require insurance whether it be personal injury cover and/or liability cover (for coaches and officials).

Insurance cover is a significant benefit that we deliver to our members and we have worked closely with Bluefin Sport to create a bespoke package of benefits, with the aim to provide further support to our members in the event of injury.

Full details of the coverage and the terms and conditions can be found on our new insurance microsite: https://www.bluefinsport.co.uk/bafa/

The policy summary be be viewed here.

There may be cases where people wish to take out enhanced coverage, whether for themselves or for their equipment. All players should consider taking out enhanced coverage which could cover items such as long-term physio care and loss of earnings.

Ensuring that equipment is fitted properly is crucial in ensuring that the risk of injury is minimised. Coaches are provided with an induction into fitting equipment as part of the Level 1 Coaching Qualification.

People who purchase equipment are advised to read and file the various pieces of documentation which come with the equipment. Additional information can often be found on manufacturer’s websites.

It is required that all clubs keep an accident record book and ensure that details of all accidents and incidents are recorded within this book, both in terms of on-field activity and wider club-sanctioned activity. This will enable you to provide written evidence regarding the circumstances, nature and extent of any injuries sustained.

The familiar Accident Book (Form BI 510) has been replaced by a new HSE-approved version with the aim of making it compliant with the Data Protection Act 1998. It contains tear-out pages which, after completion, are to be detached and kept separately in a secure location.

Risk Assessments

All activity undertaken by clubs, be it on the field or off, should be subject to robust risk assessment procedures as part of a commitment to Health and Safety. Undertaking a Risk Assessment means taking a systematic approach to looking at what could cause harm to people. By assessing risk, you know where potential problems and dangers lie, and can, therefore, take measures to prevent them.

BAFA requests teams undertake Risk Assessments for the following:

  • Facilities
  • Equipment
  • Travel
  • Activity

BAFA recommends that all involved with a club or team view the following documents/sites:

Please email all incidents and claims to sport@bluefinsport.co.uk or telephone 0345 872 5060 (Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm)