Sudden Cardiac Arrest First Aid

Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Emphasising the importance of access to defibrillators and effective first aid

Following the weekend’s incident involving Christian Eriksen, Hampshire FA would like to emphasise the importance of access to defibrillators and effective first aid at all levels of the game.

On Saturday 12th June 2021, Christian Eriksen collapsed during Denmark’s UEFA EURO 2020 group match against Finland. Eriksen had suffered a cardiac arrest and it was only thanks to the fast and effective response of the players, match officials and medical team on-hand, as well as immediate access to a defibrillator, that he is now in a stable condition.

Anyone can suffer from a cardiac arrest on the pitch. Christian Eriksen is a prime example of this, being a young, professional player, accustom to playing high-intensity football on a frequent basis. Having persons on-hand who can recognise and respond effectively to a sudden cardiac arrest, with easy access to a nearby defibrillator, is vitally important at all levels of the game to ensure the safety of all participants.


Free Online First Aid Training

Thanks to England Football’s new, free, online learning module, ‘Sudden Cardiac Arrest’, anyone can train to recognise and respond to a sudden cardiac arrest.

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Hampshire FA encourage all clubs and facilities to consider sourcing a defibrillator. As was the case with Christian Eriksen, this piece of equipment could potentially save someone’s life.

Defibrillators can be bought from multiple suppliers, however, thanks to Hampshire FA and FA partnerships, grassroots football clubs can access them at specially-discounted pricing from the suppliers below.


Hampshire FA’s long-term partner, Koolpak, is an experienced supplier of first aid and medical equipment. They can offer any Hampshire FA affiliated club the Defibtech Lifeline Semi-Automatic Defibrillator (supplied with: battery, adult pads, user manual and quick start card) for the specially-discounted price of £909.47 (RRP: £1377.00). Purchase via Hampshire FA’s online portal here:


The Football Association is working in partnership with WEL Medical to provide the award-winning, BHF nominated, Ipad SP1 Defibrillator at the special price of £750 + VAT for grassroots and amateur clubs. Apply for your Ipad SP1 Defibrillator now: