Club Cricket Charity receives £100,000 funding grant from ECB for pilot defibrillator programme

The Club Cricket Charity is pleased today to announce a £100,000 grant from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for its national defibrillator fund. 

The £100,000 funding for a pilot programme will be used directly for the supply of portable units un-domiciled or travelling clubs – those that do not have a permanent ground or Pavilion – and will be looking to provide upwards of 105 units* across three different groups; sides affiliated to the National Asian Cricket Council; the African Caribbean Cricket Association; established wandering or travelling sides and ECB run veteran teams (County over 50’s, 60’s and 70’s).

The pilot programme comes about after the Club Cricket Charity, which aims to support the recreational game, undertook research with All Out Cricket Magazine as to what recreational players are looking for in terms of assistance for their club or side**.  More than 50% of clubs came back stating that they think their first aid equipment needed upgrading (52%) and of that the defibrillator was the number one choice (25%).

As commented by Robbie Book, a Trustee of the Club Cricket Charity, “When undertaking the research, the need for defibrillators came out very strongly and is something we’ve been pleased to focus on. So far we’ve managed to provide eighteen defibrillators and so this funding for the pilot programme from the ECB will make a huge difference to teams across the cricketing spectrum and we are hugely thankful to the ECB for once again showing its commitment to the recreational game.”

He continues, “We know there is an education piece to go alongside this and want to reassure teams that the modern defibrillators we provide are easy to use without any training and will talk anyone through the process – although we do offer a training service if anyone would like to do so.”

Bruce Cruse, Head of Participation at the ECB added, “It is vital the club cricketers can enjoy the game in safe and fun environments. This pilot will support a range of difference clubs, many of whom do not have clubhouses to house defibrillators, and enable them to provide medical support and assistance to their members. Our work with the Club Cricket Charity, the NACC and others in an important part of ensuring that cricket is a game for everyone, no matter your faith, gender, age, ethnicity or geographical location.”

The need for a defibrillator – a device that gives a high-energy electric shock to the heart to reverse cardiac arrest – was highlighted by the tragic accident at Long Ditton CC in 2015 when 24 year old Bavalan Pathmanathan was struck in the chest while batting for his team Manipay Parish Sports Club, and later died.

According to the Community Heartbeat Trust, time is limited when a cardiac arrest has taken place and the first 10 minutes after moment of collapse are crucial, with the defibrillator needing to be deployed within five minutes.

While the pilot programme is targeted, the long term the aim of the Club Cricket Charity defibrillator fund is for all teams, whether establishment clubs or travelling sides to have convenient and easy access to a defibrillator at all times. Clubs who are able to fund their own machine are able to purchase through the charity – meaning it will come with all necessary insurance – and those that aren’t able to fund it themselves will be able to apply to the charity for assistance. The defibrillators supplied through the charity are provided by the Community Heartbeat Trust.

*Each portable defibrillator costs in the region of £1000 and where possible, the Club Cricket Charity will ask for a contribution from the side for the machine.

** Over 300 teams were asked ‘If you had funds available to improve your club, what would you spend them on?’ 

The Charity will be hosting a range of fundraising events in 2018 to help build the fund including a Lord’s Long Room lunch in February and a golf day. Further information on how to apply for a defibrillator or contribute to fund can be found at www.theclubcricketcharity.org