Using funding provided by The Scottish Football Partnership, the South of Scotland Football League (SSFL) has been able to provide all its member clubs with defibrillators as well as 3 quality match footballs. Richard Osborne, Secretary of the SSFL said;
“Following several highly publicised incidents at football matches involving cardiac arrest, the SSFL believed it was important to help provide all its clubs with the equipment that should an occasion arise, may make the difference towards someone surviving a cardiac arrest. The British Heart Foundation advises that after a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10 per cent.
Whilst this equipment is now the property of the individual SSFL clubs, it is hoped that they will also be made available for the wider community where practicable.
This is an example of the SSFL working within its local communities for everyone’s benefit and to assist SSFL clubs with the ever-increasing costs of running football clubs, we have also provided clubs with 3 match quality Mitre footballs from this funding from the SFP. We are most grateful to all at the Partnership for this generous award”.