Millwall will become the first club in England to promote a public cardiac awareness campaign this weekend.
The club’s Heart4MoreFoundation will mark World Heart Day on Saturday, September 30, by teaching fans how to perform CPR.
The foundation was set up by former Lion Academy graduate Tobi Alabi after he suffered a cardiac arrest at the age of just nineteen.
A marquee will be set up outside The Den during Millwall’s home game with Barnsley, where volunteers will train as many fans as possible how to perform CPR.
The team at the Heart4MoreFoundation has worked to promote the need for CPR education both in football and the wider community and to highlight how heart conditions are not solely a problem for the elderly or unfit.
On average, fifteen seemingly healthy children lose their lives through cardiac arrest every week in the UK – with over half of those occurring in schools.
High profile cases in sport over recent years have also served to highlight the need for those both on and off the pitch to understand what cardiac arrest is and what to do to help should one occur.
Heart4More has also worked with football’s governing bodies and club academies to train young players how to perform CPR. Find out more by visiting heart4more.org.uk