Henri Lansbury, Jason Lowe and Jason Steele learn how to use a defibrillator
England Under-21 stars Henri Lansbury
, Jason Steele
and Jason Lowe
learnt how to save a life at St. George's Park, thanks to the British Heart Foundation.
The FA and BHF have teamed up to make more than 900 defibrillators available to football clubs across England
and the Young Lions were taught how to use hands-only CPR and a defibrillator during a break from training at the national football centre.
It's just over a year since former Under-21 midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane during an FA Cup tie between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers after suffering from a cardiac arrest.
And his life was saved by a defibrillator that day, so with two-thirds of the cost of a brand new life-saving defibrillator being provided to clubs by The FA and BHF, more lives can be saved on the pitch.
An initial £400,000 is being provided by The FA towards the cost of the defibrillators, with the BHF matching that and a final £400,000 made up of contributions from clubs.
All clubs from Steps 1-6 are eligible to apply for funds to secure the equipment and then learn more about how it can save lives.
And Under-21 Head Coach Stuart Pearce
believes it is a tremendous initiative, saying: “There is no doubt how valuable these pieces of equipment can be, and if they save just one life then the investment is worth it.
"The investment of £800,000 from The FA and BHF makes it much easier for clubs to get their hands on a piece of kit that ordinarily would be too expensive for them.
“I think we all remember the moment Fabrice collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane and how that stunned the football world into thinking about these issues. It’s important that football clubs take the opportunity to make sure we see more stories of survival in the future.”
England are in action this Thursday when they play Romania at Wycombe Wanderers, before facing Austria at Brighton on Monday 25 March.
Watch the video of the players working with BHF Senior Cardiac Nurse Ellen Mason in the video player below.