Cardiff City's Academy Players gain CPR and AED Training

Academy players gain essential CPR and AED training

Our U14-U21 squads recently took part in CPR and AED training, in conjunction with the Football Association of Wales.

The training was held in our Academy base in Llanrumney in order to ensure staff and players have a better understanding of heart health.

We’d like to thank Andrew Lindley, Lead Educator at the FAW Medical Department, for his assistance with the training.

For more information on essential lifesaving skills, click here!

City midfielder Aaron Ramsey is a Save a Life Cymru Ambassador. Aaron has been inspired by Wales' team doctor and Save a Life Cymru’s Chair Len Nokes, who lost his 25-year-old daughter to cardiac arrest. Aaron is keen to encourage more people to understand the importance of CPR and defibrillation in saving lives.

Cardiff City Academy players gain CPR and AED training

Commenting on the value of CPR and AED training, Academy Designated Safeguarding Officer, Steve Pearce, said: “As we have seen recently with Tom Lockyer and Christian Eriksen before that, as well as the numerous cases at grassroots level that go unreported, the importance of CPR and AED training cannot be over emphasised. It is the early recognition of cardiac arrest and intervention that saves lives and in a sporting environment, it is highly likely that it is the players on the pitch who will be the first to react. Having the knowledge to recognise the signs and symptoms and commence CPR is vital.

“Training is a key feature of any player’s journey through professional football, be it on the field of play or in the classroom during education and day release sessions at the Academy. We class the Academy as a school that plays football; we strive to ensure all those players that are in the system are not only the best footballers they can be, but also the best people and well-rounded individuals when they leave the Academy, be that to continue their football journey in the senior ranks or if their career should take another route.

“The support of the FAW, in collaboration with Oli Linton, Head of Education at the Academy, is greatly appreciated. Without their support, training such as this cannot take place and for that, we are truly grateful.”