Wed 18 December

Local communities benefit from RLWC2013’s life-saving legacy

Local communities benefit from RLWC2013’s life-saving legacy

14 local communities in England and Wales have received life-saving defibrillators as part of Rugby League World Cup 2013’s legacy programme.

Internationally recognised defibrillator manufacturer, HeartSine Technologies, provided 14 mobile Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to each of the nations competing in this year’s tournament.

After being on hand during the matches which were held in England, Wales, Ireland and France, the devices have been passed on to local schools and sports clubs across the UK that hosted or sponsored the visiting clubs.

The UK schools and sports clubs chosen to receive life saving defibrillators are:

Latchford Albion ARLFC (Amateur Rugby League Football Club), Cheshire

Loughborough College, Leicestershire

East Leeds ARLFC, Leeds

Westhoughton Lions ARLFC, Bolton

Crosfields ARLFC, Cheshire

Saddleworth Rangers ARLFC, Lancashire

Wheelchair Rugby League, Wales

Newsome Panthers JARLFC, Huddersfield

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Bristol

Eccles Rugby League Club, Manchester

Tickton Primary School, East Riding of Yorkshire

The Pelican Centre (Leisure Centre), Manchester

Wigan and Leigh College Sixth Form Centre, Leigh

Halton Farnworth Hornets ARLFC, Cheshire

Simon Perritt, Rugby League World Cup 2013 Chief Medical Officer, said:

“We are all too aware that Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to even the fittest sports stars and there are often no warning signs.

“Many of the recipients are junior and amateur rugby clubs who would have watched Rugby League World Cup 2013 and been inspired by the players.

“As they train and develop their skills further, they will be able to do so in the presence of a life saving defibrillator should the unthinkable occur.

“This is an enduring legacy of which everyone at Rugby League World Cup 2013 is delighted to be a part.”

Declan O’Mahoney CEO of HeartSine, which is the only company to design, develop and manufacture AEDs in the UK or Ireland, said:

“The tournament was a resounding success and thankfully none of the devices had to be used on any of the local or visiting athletes or spectators.

“With matches at 21 different venues, over 35 different days, the need for a portable defibrillator close at hand and easily transportable was vital to ensure they were all protected and covered should Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occur.

“SCA can happen to anybody at any time and 84% of SCAs occur away from a healthcare setting, including schools, workplaces and sports venues. In fact, 20,000 people sadly die from the condition every single day around the world.

“That’s why we are delighted that 14 local communities will now benefit from the tournament’s legacy and will be protected for years to come.”

If someone suffers SCA and is treated with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) alone, survival rates are less than 5%. This increases to as much as 70% if combined with a defibrillator.


HeartSine Technologies teamed up with the company’s authorized distributor BOC Healthcare to provide the life-saving samaritan® PAD devices to each of the competing nations.

HeartSine defibrillators are deployed around the world including at the European Parliament Buildings in Brussels, on board American Airlines aircraft and at the White House.

For more information, please visit www.heartsine.com

HeartSine can also be contacted through Facebook and Twitter - @HeartSine


Local communities benefit from RLWC2013’s life-saving legacy


Rugby League World Cup
Sat 23 NovNew Zealand 20-18 England
Sun 17 NovSamoa 4-22 Fiji
Sat 16 NovEngland 34-6 France
Fri 15 NovNew Zealand 40-4 Scotland
Mon 11 NovFrance 6-22 Samoa
Sun 10 NovWales 24-28 Cook Islands
Sat 09 NovEngland 34-12 Fiji
Fri 08 NovNew Zealand 56-10 Papua New Guinea
Thu 07 NovScotland 22-8 USA
Tue 05 NovTonga 22-16 Cook Islands

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