The FAW has joined up with Welsh Hearts to call on grassroots and amateur football clubs in Wales to help save more lives from cardiac arrests by installing lifesaving defibrillators and undergoing CPR/defibrillator training to every football club no matter how big or small.

This partnership launched on the 21st May at Wales first training camp in Wrexham with Ryan Giggs at the helm, with 6 clubs, one from each Welsh region the first to receive their lifesaving equipment. It is our joint mission to make sure there is a defibrillator in every football club in Wales and to raise a minimum of 500k within 12 months in order to fulfil this bold and groundbreaking initiative.

Sharon Owen, Welsh Hearts Charity Director said ‘ This is an excellent opportunity to receive equipment that could mean all the difference in a potentially life-threatening situation. I would implore all football clubs across the country to apply, and in fact any community or organisation to do also’

“Sadly there are hundreds of thousands of people in the UK with a faulty gene which puts them at risk of sudden death from a cardiac arrest.”

“When someone collapses on the football pitch and their heart stops, the next few seconds are absolutely critical. Every minute without CPR and defibrillation can reduce their chance of survival by ten per cent.”

“Defibrillators can be the difference between life and death, which is why we’re urging football clubs across Wales to apply for this vital equipment and have it nearby in case of an emergency.”

Research shows that over 90% of sudden cardiac arrests in young athletes happen either during or immediately after exercise and those with an inherited heart condition can be up to three times as likely to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest if they participate in intensive or strenuous exercise.

For every minute without CPR and defibrillation, a person’s chance of survival decreases by around 10 per cent. A defibrillator is an automatic device that can be used by the public to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm during cardiac arrest. By performing CPR and using a defibrillator until an ambulance arrives, you can help double the victim’s chance of survival.

To apply for a defibrillator, simply click here

To make a donation via JustGiving, please click here

If you have any queries, please email kym.lloydowen@welshhearts.org