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Bolton Arena install an external defibrillator

With the support of The Premier League, Bolton Arena have installed a defibrillator next to the 7-A-Side and 9-A-Side pitches at the rear of the outdoor area. The Arena are amongst thousands of grassroots football clubs and facilities that have received devices, aimed at helping save the life of someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest.

Working in partnership with the Football Foundation and The FA, Bolton Arena benefitted from the first phase of the Premier League Defibrillator Fund roll out will see AEDs provided to Football Foundation funded facilities.

The AED will be accessible, if required, to Bolton Arena's 130000 football and athletics customers using the outdoor pitches each year.

The defibrillator was supplied by WEL Medical Limited along with a weatherproof cabinet and lock to ensure it's in great condition during all seasons.

Bolton Arena have registered this device with the emergency services so any member of the public can access the equipment, and given guidance on how to update their emergency action plan. 

If you're using Bolton Arena's outdoor facilities and have an emergency that requires the Defibrillator simply contact the emergency services on 999 and you will be advised how to use the device. Alternatively contact Bolton Arena main reception on 01204 488100, the arena have a trained member of staff on site during all opening hours.

Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive said:

“The traumatic incident we all witnessed when Christian Eriksen collapsed during the European Championships brings into sharp focus the need for defibrillators to be more widely available across the football community. 

“The welfare of participants and all those involved in football is a priority and this fund will support many people using football facilities not just with the provision of devices but also the training required to use the equipment. Sadly, a sudden cardiac incident could happen anytime, anywhere and we hope by enabling more facilities to have a device, it will make the difference in saving someone’s life.”

Former professional footballer Fabrice Muamba who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on the pitch in 2012 said:

“I am a big supporter of the Premier League’s new initiative to fund defibrillators for thousands of grassroots football clubs. I know from personal experience the importance of having access to this type of medical equipment and how vital it is for someone’s survival after suffering from sudden cardiac arrest.

“Educating people how to use defibrillators is crucial. I really hope the clubs and facilities will encourage as many coaches, players and staff to undertake the training provided and help create safe places to play the game we all love.”

The Premier League is working with partners at The FA and Sport England to ensure that facility developments funded by the Football Foundation incorporate this equipment in the future.

The Premier League Defibrillator Fund is in addition to the £100m that the Premier League invests per season in community facilities, community and education programmes. This is the biggest voluntary contribution to communities and other good causes of any football league in the world.

At least 12 young people, between ages 12-35 years, die of undiagnosed cardiac conditions in the UK every week. Over 30,000 people of all ages suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year and less than one in ten survive.

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