Following the devastating news of West Brigford Colts Dylan Rich’s sad passing after a cardiac arrest while playing in an FA Youth Cup, we want to help Nottinghamshire Grassroots clubs that don’t have defibrillators raise funds.
Along with Christian Eriksen, collapsing on the pitch during the recent Euros match between Denmark and Finland and Fabrice Muamba in 2012, we know the importance of having a potentially life-saving defibrillator readily available. Although these are very rare incidents on the football pitch, cardiac arrests can happen to anyone at any time – not just fit footballers. Every week in the UK 12 people aged under 35 die from a sudden cardiac arrest.
It is crucial that CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is started straight away followed by use of an AED (automated external defibrillator), and it’s a technique everyone should know how to do.
As members of Clifton All Whites FC we understand the difficulty in finding funds for a defibrillator, which is why we want to help out where we can. Defibs start from around £850 and at the high end around £1,900.
Having a defibrillator nearby is important because they substantially increase the patient’s chance of survival during a cardiac arrest. When a person suffers from sudden cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases by 7-10% for each minute that passes without a defibrillation. We are looking at visiting local Grassroots Football clubs with our spin bike and buckets to raise money. If you would like us to visit your ground or are looking for a defib for your club then please contact us to make arrangements for us to visit, or to arrange a phone/zoom meeting.
As you may gather from this website, we are the official cycling team of Nottingham Forest Football Club for the yearly ride to Amsterdam to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, instead of just shaking buckets under the noses of people, we find that when doing a static ride we get more attention which leads to an increase in funds raised.
Our next Amsterdam ride fund raising kicks off again in January so we thought we could use our kit until the end of December to try and help Grassroots clubs out where we can. We are currently in talks with the Nottinghamshire FA about our efforts and the numbers of clubs that have actually made contact with them enquiring about funds and how to purchase.
Between ourselves, the Nottinghamshire FA, YEL and local clubs we are hopeful that we can make a difference along the way. As committee members at Clifton All Whites and having been around the scenes for the past 15 years, we fully understand the struggles when it comes to raising funds for clubs.
The Premier League Defibrillator Fund.
The Premier League announced the launch of its new Defibrillator Fund in August. Thousands of automated external defibrillators will be provided to grassroots clubs and associations throughout England.
Together with the Football Association and the Football Foundation, the Premier League will prioritise grassroots facilities that don’t already have this life-saving device onsite. The first phase will, however, be restricted to facilities already funded by the Football Foundation.
The second phase of the initiative will prioritise clubs and associations that own their own paying facilities. Funding will be dependent on meeting the qualifying criteria and completing the application process.
If you do not qualify in the above categories then we are here to try and help you bridge that gap, please contact with us so we can discuss further.
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