Millions of football fans across Europe and beyond were on tenterhooks for reasons other than the gameplay on June 12th, when the life of Danish player Christian Eriksen hung in the balance following a sudden heart failure on the field of play during his Euro 2020 match.
Here at Guernsey FC, we were also following developments with bated breath and firmly crossed fingers. The fact Christian survived is unquestionably due to the expert help he received within moments of his cardiac arrest.
This fact did not go unnoticed by the Green Lions, and as a result we are pleased to announce that Heather Langlois, Training and Development Manager at St John Training Services, joined us at training on Thursday.
"CPR is a simple but life-saving skill. We are delighted that Guernsey Football Club are equipping their players and coaches with the skills required in a cardiac emergency. Anyone can potentially save a life with the right techniques, and it’s great that the club are setting an example in training their players in this way,” said Heather.
"The club is grateful to St John Training Services for offering their time,” said Guernsey FC director Nic Legg. “We are fortunate to have a defibrillator on site at Footes Lane, our home ground. This was Guernsey's first public access defibrillator, unveiled by former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba back in 2013 after his own on-pitch collapse the previous year. We also have a portable defibrillator for away games.
“This training is an important extension of our preparedness. We all saw the importance of a fast response in this kind of situation, and if the worse did happen during a match, the players are the closest, so it’s great to feel they will know what to do in an emergency.”
If you want to learn CPR and other first aid skills you can contact St John Training Services on 247979 or email firstname.lastname@example.org