Claypool Primary School kids practice life-saving skills on Bolton Wanderers stars
WANDERERS stars Darren Pratley and Matt Mills joined youngsters from Claypool Primary School in Horwich as part of the club’s drive to teach youngsters life-saving first-aid skills.
The Bolton Wanderers Community Trust held a special assembly at the Salisbury Road school where staff talked to children about the importance of learning CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and how to use a defibrillator.
Wanderers have been leading the way in educating youngsters about defibrillators — as part of The Wanderers Hearts and Goals Campaign — following Fabrice Muamba’s recovery after his collapse on the pitch in an FA Cup tie at Tottenham 19 months ago.
And Pratley, who was on the pitch at White Hart Lane that day in March, 2012, when Muamba fought for his life, says it is important for everyone to learn the life-saving techniques and was happy to get involved himself.
The 28-year-old midfielder said: “It was good to be at the school and learn those techniques alongside the kids. It was educational for me as well because I don’t know exactly what to do when someone has a problem.
“It is always important for football clubs and players like Matt and I to get out in the community for events.
“This event was a particularly important one learning about defibrillators as far as our club is concerned when you think what happened to Fabrice.
“To get out into schools and have players there as well is a great way to get the message across.
“It is something that helps in general life, not just in football.
“The club is very active with schemes like this; there have been articles in the programme about giving out defibrillators to schools.
“Being on the pitch when it happened was probably the worst day of my life. It puts everything into perspective about football and how life is the most important thing that you cannot take for granted. If youngsters can learn early what to do, it can only help save more lives in the future.”
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