EXCLUSIVE: The Football Association plans to offer the lifesaving equipment discount to 640 clubs as part of the Mirror’s campaign for legislation to ensure defibrillators are legally required in key public places
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Hundreds of sports clubs will be offered “cheap” defibrillators in a huge boost to the Mirror campaign.
The Football Association plans to offer the deal to 640 clubs from 33 leagues, Labor MP Mary Kelly Foy has revealed.
She wants the FA to fund basic sport equipment.
Ms. Foy supports our crusade for legislation to ensure defibrillators are legally required in key public places.
The FA has partnered with the British Heart Foundation to roll out automated external defibrillator programs since 2012. Coaches and clubs should have people trained in resuscitation and the use of an AED.
“No coach should work at any level without understanding what he can do to save a life,” the FA said.
His deal means clubs can buy the kit for Â£ 750 instead of Â£ 1,325.
But Ms Foy said: âYou have to carefully consider how feasible these additional costs are for clubs that have had a year of financial hardship like no other. The Â£ 750 is a significant fee for semi-professional and amateur clubs.
More than 50 MPs and Lords have signed Mary’s letter calling on the FA to follow the Premier League’s lead by ‘outright’ funding defibrillators for grassroots football clubs.
Mary added, âI will follow the letter to the FA to seek clarity on their rebate program.
“I will urge them to consider that some clubs are left in the position of choosing between lifesaving equipment and just staying afloat.”
The FA oversees heart screenings for all English players of all ages.
Gareth Southgate’s team will have had an EKG or ECG test within the past year and an ultrasound of the heart within the past two years.