The Premier League revealed its plans to donate automated external defibrillators to 2,000 sites of grassroots football all over England in wake of the Christian Eriksen cardiac arrest at Euro 2020. Eriksen collapsed on the pitch following a cardiac arrest and survived after being resuscitated on the pitch by the medical team. The incident was a wake-up call and the need for defibrillators to be more accessible. The Premier League and the Football Association have decided to distribute the devices to a number of football sites.
“The Premier League has today announced it will fund the provision of Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at thousands of grassroots football clubs and facilities, aimed at helping save the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest,” a Premier League statement read after the Christian Eriksen cardiac arrest incident at Euro 2020. “Working in partnership with the Football Foundation and The Football Association, the first phase of the Premier League Defibrillator Fund rollout will have AEDs provided to Football Foundation-funded facilities which currently are without a life-saving device onsite.”
Each of the football sites will be required to have at least one person who has completed the FA Education’s free online Sudden Cardiac Arrest course. Fabrice Muamba also suffered from cardiac arrest on the pitch in 2012. The midfielder who played for Bolton at the time welcomed the initiative.
“I am a big supporter of the Premier League’s new initiative to fund defibrillators for thousands of grassroots football clubs,” Muamba said. “I know from personal experience the importance of having access to this type of medical equipment and how vital it is for someone’s survival after suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. Educating people how to use defibrillators is crucial.”