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Football clubs receive new funding for defibrillators

19 March 2013 - 5:35pm

More than £1m is being made available to provide football clubs with defibrillators that could help save players and fans who suffer cardiac arrests.


Tottenham Hotspur physio Geoff Scott. Photo: Charlie Milligan

The British Heart Foundation and The Football Association have joined forces to provide a £1.2m defibrillator fund, which aims to help to save lives in England’s football clubs and their communities.

The initiative was launched on 17 March, exactly one year after former Bolton player Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest while playing in a FA Cup quarter-final.

The footballer’s life was saved by the use of a defibrillator and the timely intervention of Bolton Wanderers’ head physio Andy Mitchell and Spurs head physio Geoff Scott (see Frontline).

England's under-21 stars get to grips with hands-only CPR and a defibrillator. Video: Football Association/British Heart Foundation

The new fund will be used to supply more than 900 defibrillators to non-league football clubs and and the Women's Super League.

It follows in the footsteps of a recent CSP-backed campaign to have defibrillators installed in all schools and public buildings.

The society is supporting the Oliver King Foundation’s call for the government to install defibrillators in all public buildings and to provide training for staff working in them, by a deadline of 2017.


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