Kearsney College upgrades medical facilty ahead of rugby season

2014-04-04 00:00

WITH their renowned Easter Rugby Festival soon approaching and the school season already underway, Kearsney College has upgraded its medical facilities.

This upgrade, completed in time for the start of the season, will ensure that all injured players receive world-class treatment and emergency care as the school takes another step in promoting safety in the high contact sport.

Besides the medical upgrade, the school has added a media room with fibre optic services connected to the school’s network, additional covered seating for spectators and a refurbishment of the change rooms.

But it’s the medical facility that will lend comfort to parents and players.

Past president of the SA Sports Medicine Association (Sasma) Mike Marshall said the facility ensured that in the event of serious injury, medical personnel had the best available resources at their disposal. An added bonus for the school is having parents who are respected medical professionals available for duty and to assist on match days.

“This new addition allows rugby injuries to be attended to and managed by experts in the correct manner, as they happen, right alongside the field,” said Marshall, himself a parent at Kearsney.

One of the features enhancing the emphasis on proper medical support is the “ambulance” golf cart, fitted with a stretcher, which allows injured players to be transported to the facility from a field anywhere within the school’s grounds.

Two external automatic defibrillators are also available for resuscitation if the need arises.

Former Kearsney pupil, past president of Sasma and SharkSmart director Glen Hagemann said the school should be proud of the outstanding facilities it offered, allowing parents to watch their boys play sport, particularly rugby, with a sense of comfort knowing expert care is close at hand.

The upgrade was possible thanks to donations from old boys, sponsors and donors.

Kearsney is gearing up for its annual Easter Rugby Festival from April 17 to 21 with matches played on 17, 19 and 21, starting with some primary school matches each day from 8.30 am.

The 12 senior teams play from 9.30 am on each playing day.


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