Recently at Wales’ National team open training session in Wrexham, The Football Association of Wales announced their partnership with Welsh Hearts/Calonnau Cymru with Ryan Giggs at the helm. The long-term aim of the partnership is to deliver lifesaving defibrillators, equipment and training to all football clubs in Wales.
Football clubs and training facilities across Wales are often the hub of communities, used by many different teams and community groups. However, many of these integral community spaces currently do not have defibrillators installed.
This unique partnership between The FAW and Welsh Hearts aims to change that and ensure that in the future every player and spectator in every football club in Wales, no matter how big or small, will have access to a lifesaving defibrillator.
Wrexham based Penycae Football Club were present at the training session to be the first recipients of the FAW, Welsh Hearts defibrillators to be fitted at their ground.
Football Association of Wales Medical Services Manager & Lead Physiotherapist, Sean Connelly added:
“At The Football Association of Wales, we recognize the importance of investing in the health and wellbeing of our footballers and the wider community groups using football facilities across the country.”
“With this partnership we will work together to fundraise to aid Welsh Hearts with the amazing work they do for heart health in Wales and together we hope that this equipment will minimise the terrible instances from sudden cardiac arrests that have occurred in football grounds across Wales”.
Sharon Owen Charity director said “This initiative complements the ambitious work of Welsh Hearts in communities throughout Wales. We believe the impact on lives will be far-reaching, as lives should not be lost, due to a lack of a public access defibrillator in the event of an emergency. They should be available everywhere. We are excited to work with the FAW as they are at the heart of communities in Wales”
To join the Football Association of Wales and Welsh Hearts in the efforts to safeguard our footballers and spectators across the country, you can donate via the JustGiving site: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/welshhearts/faw
To apply for a defibrillator: http://welshhearts.org/online-defibrillator-application-form/