The league will fund more than 2,000 venues following the Danish star’s collapse on the pitch
The Premier League has announced that it will provide funding for the purchase of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for thousands of clubs and grassroots football facilities as the league aims to save the lives of those suffering from a cardiac arrest.
The use of defibrillators has become a topic of discussion in recent weeks after one was used to help rescue Danish star Christian Eriksen, who was recently released from hospital following surgery successful less than a week after suffering cardiac arrest during the Euro 2020 Opening.
And now the Premier League has partnered with the Football Foundation and the Football Association to kick off the first phase of the Premier League Defibrillator Fund rollout.
What is happening?
As part of the first phase, the league will ensure that AEDs are provided to the Football Foundation-funded facilities that currently operate without a device on-site.
In the second phase, grassroots football clubs that own their facilities will be able to apply for funding to purchase their own defibrillator.
In total, the league says more than 2,000 sites will benefit from this new program with the first 1,000 units delivered in time for the start of the 2021-22 season.
The second batch, meanwhile, won’t be far as it is expected to arrive in September, with both phases providing access to around 1.5 million people who use these facilities.
What was said?
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “The traumatic incident we all witnessed when Christian Eriksen collapsed at UEFA Euro 2020 highlights the need for defibrillators to be more widely available in the football community.
“The well-being of the participants and all those involved in football is a priority and this fund will support many people using the football facilities not only by providing them with devices, but also by taking the training required to use the football. equipment.
“Unfortunately, a sudden heart attack can happen anytime, anywhere and we hope that allowing more facilities to have a device will make the difference in saving someone’s life.”
Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton midfielder who suffered cardiac arrest while playing for the club, is also among those who fully support the plan.
“I am a big supporter of the Premier League’s new initiative to fund defibrillators for thousands of grassroots football clubs,” he said.
“I know from personal experience the importance of having access to this type of medical equipment and how vital it is to a person’s survival after sudden cardiac arrest.
“Educating people on the use of defibrillators is crucial. I really hope the clubs and facilities encourage so many coaches, players and staff to take the training provided and help create safe places to play the game we all love.