UEFA enlist stars for CPR video tutorial

March 1 – UEFA and the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) have introduced an interactive training module on get-trained.com – a dedicated platform teaching football fans the basic skills of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in under four minutes.

The video follows UEFA’s ‘Get Trained, Save Lives’ Campaign launched last November in a bid to educate football fans on what do to if a cardiac arrest occurs.

The video uses players and ex-players to encourage fans to take part. The programme will also train match officials, staff and volunteers working at UEFA Euro 2024 in Germany.

The ‘Get Trained, Save Lives’ CPR campaign is backed by current stars, such as Erling Haaland, Lautaro Martínez and Ana Marković, alongiside legends of the game in Ruud Gullit, Gareth Bale, Thierry Henry, Didier Deschamps and Rio Ferdinand.

All of the players above feature in a promotional video released on Instagram by UEFA, which quickly demonstrates the techniques required and the importance of the information.

During EURO 2024, the campaign will be highlighted through a TV commercial and various activities in fan zones across the ten host cities. The commercial will also be aired around matchday two of the tournament, and the campaign’s message will be displayed on LED boards around the stadiums.

Up until now, UEFA and the ERC have delivered practical training to 3,000 players, coaches, referees, officials, and staff during finals and tournaments. In preparation for EURO 2024, all participating teams will receive training on administering first aid in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest which have been creeping into the world of football of late, headlined by Christian Eriksen’s incident at Euro 2020 and more recently Tom Lockyer’s scares in May and December 2023.

The CPR training video is hosted in a virtual dressing room, where Gullit invites football fans to join his fellow ambassadors Haaland, Martínez, Bale, Henry, Ferdinand, and Marković. Throughout the course, interactive questions help users understand the material, with players providing reactions and comments.

A shorter version of the training will also be introduced on Instagram later this spring, said UEFA.

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