Youth Sport Trust is proud to support the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, the first accredited sun protection initiative designed specifically for outdoor activity leaders.
Devised by the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund, the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code is partnered with the Youth Sport Trust, the Association for Physical Education (AfPE), the Child Protection in Sport Unit and sports coach UK.
Following its launch in 2014, the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code has increased its support to over 80 national governing bodies and outdoor activity groups, all of which are encouraging their members to sign up and get OK accredited by registering atwww.oksunsafetycode.com.
With 86% of melanomas attributed to excessive sun exposure, and levels of melanoma rising in the UK, sun protection habits need to change and the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code is looking to address the issue.
Youth Sport Trust Athlete Mentor Casey Stoney, who plays for Arsenal in The FA Women's Super League, said: "We all need to look at our sun protection habits. I spend a lot of time outdoors and understand how sun protection can be forgotten when focused on training. As a mum I protect my children's skin and think more carefully about protecting my skin now, instead of aiming for a tan."
In order to help promote the campaign and to inspire children to think about sun protection, a new short film called 'Blow the Whistle on Sunburn!' will be premiering in schools around the country from 5 May.
From 6 May, it will be available to view at: www.oksunsafetycode.com.