Sports clubs urged to get a lifesaving defibrillator

SPORTS clubs in Young are eligible to apply for a 50 percent co-funding contribution for a lifesaving defibrillator thanks to a State Government initiative.

The 2017-2018 NSW Budget will allocate $4 million over four years to assist sporting clubs purchase and maintain Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs).

Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke, said more than 2500 Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) would be rolled out across the state over the next four years.

“We encourage local sporting clubs to take this opportunity to apply for a grant to help fund an AED - which can be the difference between life and death,” she said. “The program will fund up to 50 per cent of the defibrillator cost, along with training and maintenance support.”

Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said early access to CPR and defibrillation could influence survival rates by up to 75 percent.

Young Sports Advisory Council President Ben Cooper said Defibrillators are an important piece of equipment that local sporting precincts should have.

"We have discussed how sporting organisations might be able to work together to get the defib units," he said. "The more of the units we can get into local sporting grounds the less danger both participants and spectators will be.” 

Apply at: sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants and Applications close December 20, 2017.