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Since footballer Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch in 2012, the Football Association (FA) and the British Heart Foundation have teamed up to help save lives in England's football clubs and their communities.

How we are working together

The FA and BHF wanted to get external defibrillators (AED) into clubs so that if someone were to suffer a sudden cardiac arrest, the people around them would have the equipment available that could potentially help save their life. A bystander giving immediate Cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation to someone who has had a cardiac arrest can double a person's chances of survival in some cases.

The FA and BHF have both donated funds of £400,000 each which will be used to award a grant for two-thirds of the cost of a defibrillator for football clubs. These clubs are able to purchase a defibrillator for one-third of the usual cost.

As part of the partnership, 640 defibrillators have already been placed in football clubs across the UK. For the second phase of the partnership, there are now 900 more defibrillators available for clubs operating within the club must operate within the National League System, Women’s Pyramid of Football or Charter Standard Programme. club must operate within the National League System, Women’s Pyramid of Football or Charter Standard Programme.

Application process

If your club is eligible and wishes to apply, please visit footballdefibs.org.

Please note that there is a limit of one defibrillator per club, even if your club operates within two or three of the above systems/programmes. If your club received a defibrillator as part of our first phase, then you will not be considered this time round.

if you have any queries, please email [email protected]