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We have teamed up with the Football Association to raise awareness of sudden cardiac arrests. They have also pledged to raise £1.2 million to fund defibrillators and training to teams. 

How we're working together

Since footballer Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch in 2012, we've teamed up with The Football Association to help save lives in England’s football clubs and their communities.

In a unique partnership, more than 900 external defibrillators (AED) will be made available to clubs at Steps 1 to 7 of the National League System and clubs in the Women’s Super League to help save the lives of cardiac arrest casualties. See below for those clubs that are eligible. 

Creating a team of lifesavers

The initiative will create thousands of lifesavers by giving players, staff and fans the equipment and information needed to save a life, including Hands-only CPR which was made famous for us by football legend Vinnie Jones.

The charity will match fund an initial donation of £400,000 from The FA towards the cost of the defibrillators, with the final £400,000 made up of contributions from clubs.

With two-thirds of the cost of a brand new lifesaving defibrillator being provided to clubs by The FA and BHF, eligible clubs are now able to apply to the fund to secure the equipment and then learn more about how it can save lives.

Fabrice Muamba

Awareness around sudden cardiac arrests was heightened when former England Under-21 star Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest in the Tottenham Hotspur versus Bolton Wanderers FA Cup tie on March 17 last year. Muamba’s story is even more remarkable as only around 1 in 10 people normally survive a witnessed, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK.

Muamba’s former England boss Stuart Pearce and members of the current England Under-21 squad were on hand to show off the new equipment.

Pearce said: “There is no doubt how valuable these pieces of equipment can be, and if they save just one life then the investment is worth it. The investment of £800,000 from The FA and BHF makes it much easier for clubs to get their hands on a piece of kit that ordinarily would be too expensive for them.

“I think we all remember the moment Fabrice collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane and how that stunned the football world into thinking about these issues. It’s important that football clubs take the opportunity to make sure we see more stories of survival in the future.”

Eligible Clubs

Step 7 of the National League System* will be provided with one AED per club. 

Application process

  • Eligible clubs will receive a 'Club application form' via email from their League after Monday 21st July 2014.
  • To apply for an AED, clubs should complete the ‘Club application form’ and return it to its League Secretary with a cheque for £318 by Tuesday 30th September 2014.
  • Your League will collate all applications from its clubs and forward them all to the BHF by Friday 10th October, who will acknowledge receipt of applications by email to League Secretaries.
  • The ordering process for the AEDs could take up to six weeks from Friday 10th October 2014
  • Two club representatives are required to complete an online AED familiarisation module at the AED supplier (Cardiac Science) website. This will help you become familiar with your AED. Full details will be provided when your application is received. 
  • Your AED will be despatched direct to your club. Prior to despatch, you will be contacted by the FA to provide a delivery address and contact.
  • The AED’s provided through The FA and BHF partnership will be a Cardiac Science G3 AED. The total cost of an AED is £795 plus VAT. Your contribution is £318 (including VAT).

If you have any queries please email [email protected].

*Please note that applications for 1 - 6 of the National League System and clubs in the Women's Super League ended in 2013.