Clubs can bid for life-saving equipment

Fabrice Muamba was "in effect dead" for 78 minutes after collapsing on the pitch a year ago Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Non-league and grassroots football clubs are being invited to bid for life-saving defibrillators, a year after Fabrice Muamba collapsed after a cardiac arrest on the pitch at White Hart Lane.

The Football Association and the British Heart Foundation have teamed up and spent £1.2 million.

The money's been raised by donations, the FA and football clubs, to allow smaller clubs access to the potentially life-saving equipment. To find out more, or to bid for a defibrillator, click here for more information

A medical team tending to Bolton Wanderers' Fabrice Muamba Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

BHF medical director Professor Peter Weissberg said: "This is a chance to equip many of our football clubs with the life-saving skills and equipment which will improve this country's very poor cardiac arrest survival rates"

The UK Resuscitation Council state that a defibrillator can be used safely and effectively without previous training and that its use should not be restricted to trained rescuers.


Muamba's defibrillator fund

More than 900 defibrillators are being made available to clubs in non-league football and the Women's Super League, a year after Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch during a Bolton match against Tottenham