Marconi Stallions First Grade Coach Peter Tsekenis is “educating “his players in how to handle potential “health situations on and off the field”.
After attending a Fund Raiser recently, he was curious as to how the Marconi Stallions FC would handle a potential “life and death situation” requiring the use of a defibrillator. He was concerned that the club was not equipped or educated to handle such a situation.
What would we do? This question prompted him to invite Andy Paschalidis from the Heartbeat of Football to address and demonstrate the defibrillator to his first grade playing squad.
The organization is a non-for-profit charity which promotes healthy hearts in sport via player education including understanding the use of the defibrillator machine.
The aim was to increase the players awareness and provide a safeguard should a potential “heart stopping” moment occur.
“We would never forgive ourselves if such a situation arose and we were unable to handle a potential life-threatening crisis.”
“Knowing about CPR is so important.”
Following the visit by the Heartbeat of Football every player and official in the first-grade squad is now aware of the defibrillator, its location and most importantly, how to use it should such a situation eventuate.
This is a starting point for Marconi Stallions FC, this proactive approach with the first grade NPL team will be followed by the Under 20 and Under 18 Boys Youth teams and the Senior Women’s Teams all becoming more aware of CPR and becoming educated to handle a potential life-threatening situation.