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Community help 'Train the Trainer' at Turf Moor

7 November 2016

The James Hargreaves Stand at Turf Moor recently turned into a learning environment as Burnley FC in the Community facilitated a unique 'Train the Trainer' event, in partnership with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).

The 'Train the Trainer' session effectively aims to upskill participants with the knowledge and confidence to deliver their own workshops on the usage of an Automated External Defibrillator (defib/AED). With the need in the community for individuals who not only possess the knowledge of how to use the equipment but with the confidence to use an AED in an emergency, Community's health team were keen to support this innovative and important initiative.

20 people took part in the session at Turf Moor, including physiotherapists, community first responders, care centre workers and Burnley FC in the Community staff and all participants successfully completed the course. Burnley FC defender, Kevin Long, was also on hand to lend his support for the work.

Abby Turner, Health & Wellbeing Manager at Burnley FC in the Community said: "The statistics really back up how important it is for members of the community to be instilled with the confidence to use these clever machines. With over 28,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests reported in the UK every year, this is a big health issue. Early CPR and and defibrillation can improve survival rates by up to 75% so having more members of the community aware of how to use a defib is something we actively champion".

A second 'Train the Trainer' workshop will be held at Turf Moor on April 25th 2017. To find out more information on the course or to book on please contact Cheryl Pickstock via email at : cheryl.pickstock@nwas.nhs.uk

To find out more about Burnley FC in the Community please visit www.burnleyfccommunity.org. 

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