More than 600 defibrillators have already been distributed to clubs

Information to Help Clubs Prepare for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Liverpool County FA committed to providing support for clubs and leagues on Merseyside.

Over the course of the weekend, events in the Euro 2020 game between Denmark and Finland once again highlighted the importance of being prepared for the worst happening.

Following Saturday’s cardiac arrest suffered by Denmark’s Christian Eriksen, many of our clubs and leagues have made contact to discover what they can do to ensure they’re able to prepare themselves to administer the efficient treatment which, effectively, saved Eriksen’s life.

We’re pleased to be able to inform our clubs and leagues of the partnerships in place and courses on offer to ensure that you’re prepared should a similar incident occur on or off the pitch at your matches.

Please be aware, should an incident similar occur at your match, Liverpool County FA should be informed, so that we can provide as much support as possible to those involved. If an incident occurs, please contact or


The British Heart Foundation and FA Heart Safe Club scheme is available for all clubs. 

WEL Medical specializes in life-saving devices and is supplying the FA with the iPAD SP1 defibrillator, a nominated device of the British Heart Foundation. 

Clubs can now purchase life-saving iPAD SP1 defibrillators for the special price of £750+VAT (usual cost £1325+VAT).

The IPAD SP1 is a nominated unit of the British Heart Foundation and is deployed by the NHS Ambulance service. The iPAD SP1 defibrillator is portable, it weighs just 2.4kg (including the battery pack and pads) and comes in a robust, high visibility carry case.

Research shows that over 90% of sudden cardiac arrests in young athletes happen either during or immediately after exercise. There are around 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests in England every year and for every minute lost without CPR and defibrillation, a person’s chance of survival decreases by around 10 percent. A cardiac arrest is when a person’s heart stops pumping blood around their body and to their brain.  It causes the person to fall unconscious and stop breathing. A defibrillator is an automatic device that can be used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm during cardiac arrest.  By performing CPR and using a defibrillator until an ambulance arrives, you can help double the person’s chance of survival

To order a defibrillator for your Club through this scheme, please click here

If you do have questions or enquiries relating to the Heart Safe Clubs initiative please contact WEL Medical on 03333 444 789 in the first instance or email

Find your nearest Defibrillator

Before clubs and/or leagues purchase their own defibrillator, why not check if you have one at your match or training venue on Heart Safe's interactive AED Locations?

Click on the link below.

FREE FA’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest Online Course

It could happen to anyone. Recognise and respond. Save a life in football. Anyone can complete the FA’s ‘Sudden Cardiac Arrest’ eLearning module and it enables students to recognise, and react appropriately, to a sudden cardiac arrest while also providing key facts and information. It can be completed at a convenient time and place and only takes one hour. Successful completion will be rewarded with one hour of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and an FA certificate.

To complete the course, please click here

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