Swifts Football Club buy a defib
Bishop's Stortford Swifts FC now have a defibrillator.
The life-saving equipment is to be mounted on a wall in Swifts’ clubhouse at Silver Leys.
Martin Nash, chairman of the club, whose first team play in the Essex Olympian League, said the machine would be at the side of the pitch every matchday.
He said: “With over 100 children involved in the club and three senior football teams, it was felt that we needed to safeguard the players and spectators should anything unfortunate happen.”
Swifts’ clubhouse in Bishop’s Stortford is also used throughout the week by community groups, meaning that dozens of people pass through its doors every single day.
The Football Association teamed up with the British Heart Foundation earlier this year in a bid to save more lives from cardiac arrest by helping hundreds of grassroots football clubs purchase defibrillators. The club received an FA grant to help towards the cost and raised the rest of the cash.
When a person suffers cardiac arrest, every minute that they do not receive CPR and defibrillation, their survival rate reduces by up to 10%. Without any immediate treatment, 90-95% of cardiac arrests are fatal.
However, if a defibrillator is used within three to five minutes of cardiac arrest, survival rates jump to 74% on average.