The FA Basic First Aid for Sport (BFAS) Course

The FA Basic First Aid for Sport course is a foundation sports first aid course and the recommended minimum qualification for any person providing pitchside support of sports activities.

Course Duration
9 hours flexible, modular course

Course pre-requisites
Participants must be a minimum of 16 years old on the date of the
start of the course.

Who is it for?
The BFAS course is for individuals, specifically team managers, coaches, teachers, parents, volunteers and others, who (in the absence of professional first aiders) have the responsibility for the provision of pitchside/on-field first aid when supporting sports activities. The course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of (i) the general duties and responsibilities of a sports first aider, (ii) the common football/sports injuries, (iii) the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to recognise and differentiate major from minor injury, and (iv) the ability to administer basic first aid to a casualty engaged in sports activity.

Course content

  • Principles/practice/ethics of first aid
  • Emergency action planning
  • Reacting to an incident/approaching a casualty
  • Primary survey/secondary survey
  • The recovery position
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for adults/children
  • Use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s)
  • Choking
  • Severe external/ internal bleeding
  • Shock
  • Fractures/dislocations
  • Sprains/strains/contusions
  • Head/spinal injury
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Asthma
  • Hypothermia
  • Cramp
  • The on-field injury assessment process
  • First aid kit contents
  • Participant assessment

Currency of qualification
Due to the nature and responsibility associated with first aid provision, and in line with current UK guidelines, the currency of the BFAS certificate for use as a first aid qualification will be limited to three years. To remain qualified and in date the holder must complete a further BFAS course within the final three months prior to expiry of the qualification. It is recommended, and is considered to be best practice, that The FA Emergency Aid course is undertaken on an annual basis as a form of refresher training.

How to apply
In order to book an FA Basic First Aid For Sport course for your club/ organisation, please contact your local County Football Association for information.