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FA Breaking News !!!!! Subsidised Defibrillators for Football Clubs

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and The Football Association (The FA) are calling on grassroots and amateur football clubs in England to help save more lives from cardiac arrests by installing lifesaving defibrillators.

Less than 1 in 10 people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK.

You can help beat those odds by applying for a defibrillator.

The Football Association (FA) and The British Heart Foundation (BHF) have worked in partnership to award a grant for two-thirds of the cost of a defibrillator. This means your club will only pay £318 (+VAT)

We have already placed 640 defibrillators in football clubs across the UK and we now have 900 more available for clubs in the National League System, Women’s Pyramid of Football Clubs and Charter Standard Clubs. So, this is a great opportunity to get one for your club.

Once your application is approved you will be given instructions on how to pay your £318 + VAT. You will receive your defibrillator once we have received the money from your club.

 

Further information

The BHF and The FA have already helped part-fund and place around 600 defibrillators at grassroots clubs across the country and are now inviting applications from clubs operating within the National League System, Women’s Pyramid of Football or Charter Standard Programme for a further 900 available.

Lisa Hodgson, FA Medical Education Lead, said: “The FA continues to recognise the importance of providing timely and appropriate emergency first aid following casualties at footballing activities.

“Alongside our partners at the British Heart Foundation and WEL Medical, we are supplementing our CPR training by providing an excellent opportunity to receive equipment that could mean all the difference in a potentially life-threatening situation. I would implore football clubs across the country to apply.”

Research shows that over 90% of sudden cardiac arrests in young athletes happen either during or immediately after exercise (1) 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 (2).

At least three fatalities occurred during football matches or training this year in England due to cardiac arrest, including former England international Ugo Ehiogu who died whilst working as coach at Tottenham Hotspur FC. A cardiac arrest is when a person’s heart stops pumping blood around their body and to their brain. It causes the person to fall unconscious and stop breathing, or stop breathing normally.

For every minute without CPR and defibrillation, a person’s chance of survival decreases by around 10 per cent (3). 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.

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive at the British Heart Foundation, said: “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 England to apply for this vital equipment and have it nearby in case of an emergency.”

There are around 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in England every year. However, fewer than one in ten people survive (4).

You can apply for a defibrillator by visiting: www.footballdefibs.org

James Cook, 12, died after collapsing while playing football with friends (Photo: Chronicle Live)

Boy of 12, dies after collapsing on pitch

A boy of 12 has died after collapsing while playing football after school. The boy has been named locally as James Cook.

James was a player of Bishop Auckland St Mary’s Junior Football Club and tributes were left on their Facebook page with the message ‘RIP James Cook’.

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Teen footballer who suffered Fabrice Muamba-style heart attack playing for Tottenham Hotspur awarded £7 MILLION payout

• Radwan Hamed collapsed on his first professional appearance for Spurs

•Hamed was left severely brain damaged following the incident in 2006

•He played despite scans showing his heart was ‘unequivocally abnormal’

•High Court judge ruled Spurs ‘breached its duties’ to Radwan, then 17

•He has been awarded £7million in damages after a 10-year battle

•Tottenham found 70 per cent liable with FA cardiologist 30 per cent liable

•Spurs will not pay directly due to indemnity clause with former physicians

Radwan Hamed was unaware of his abnormal heart function when he signed for Tottenham Hotspur’s youth team

A Tottenham Hotspur youth player has agreed to damages, believed to be £7m, after he was left brain damaged from a cardiac arrest on his debut.

Radwan Hamed collapsed during a game in Belgium in 2006. Last year a judge ruled Spurs breached its duties to him.

In a screening prior to signing for the club, an electrocardiogram test showed his heart was “unequivocally abnormal” but he was not stopped from playing.

The club regretted a former employee had been remiss in their duties.

‘Potentially fatal’

In a statement, the family of Mr Hamed, who is now 27, said they were “relieved” a settlement had been reached, following a decade-long legal battle .

“Just as Radwan had no choice but to start his difficult journey towards recovery, we had no choice but to start the difficult journey to obtain justice,” they said.

“We risked losing our home and faced personal financial ruin in order to pursue justice for our son.

“The club did not tell us or Radwan about his potentially fatal condition. Had they done so, Radwan would not have continued to play football.”

The teenager collapsed during the game against Cercle Bruges on 4 August 2006 and was rushed to an intensive care unit but suffered oxygen starvation to his brain.

In the 2015 hearing, Mr Justice Hickinbottom ruled the club was 70% liable or Mr Hamed’s injuries and Dr Peter Mills, the Football Association’s regional cardiologist for South East England, was 30% liable.

The Premier League club will not be hit with a fee directly as their 70% portion was incurred by physicians they previously employed, who have agreed to indemnify the club.

Football Association rules require all football academy recruits to be referred to a cardiologist to help identify those prone to potentially fatal heart conditions.

Mr Hamed’s MRI scan showed no obvious signs of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, but Dr Mills wrote to Spurs saying the condition could not be excluded on these findings alone.

Eleven months later, the teenager, who was unaware his tests had revealed an “abnormal” heart condition, signed a contract with Spurs.

A spokesman for Spurs said: “The club wholeheartedly regrets that a former employee, as adjudged, was remiss in their duties to Radwan.

“This judgment will hopefully now secure the best possible treatment and care for him.”

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