Rushcliffe Borough Council
Rushcliffe Borough Council

Sixteen defibrillators have been installed across sports venues in Nottinghamshire, after Rushcliffe Borough Council received more than £2.5 million from The UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

It comes just three weeks after a boy collapsed whilst playing on a sports pitch in West Bridgford.

The aim of the project is to save the lives of young athletes who may go into sudden cardiac arrest whilst playing sports such as football.

West Park in West Bridgford is one of the venues where the defibrillator has been moved from inside the sports hall, an area that is sometimes restricted, to a much more accessible location next to the pitch.

West Park, West Bridgford

The defibrillator can be used by calling 999 to get a code which opens it, and then following the instructions coming from the speaker.

This is what you can expect to hear:


“Bystander defibrillation can double the chance of survival”

Kate Rontree , paramedic

Councillor Jonathan Wheeler, who launched the project, said “a lot of the defibrillators used to be inside sports halls next to pitches, which meant that sometimes people couldn’t access them quickly enough in an emergency. Having the defibrillators outside could genuinely save lives, and that’s why this project has been a passion of mine.”

Councillor Wheeler explains the importance of life-saving equipment in young sportspeople.


Participating venues are also registering with the national defibrillator network The Circuit, which provides NHS ambulance services with vital information about defibrillators across the UK.

Paramedic, Kate Rontree from East-Midlands ambulance service, said “defibrillators can be effective for people of all ages, but the likelihood of success depends more on the underlying cause of the cardiac arrest rather than the age of the person.”

Kate Rontree at work with colleagues

She added that: “access to defibrillators in pre-hospital settings has been shown to significantly increase survival rates. Bystander defibrillation, when performed quickly, can double the chance of survival compared to waiting for an ambulance alone.”

As part of the project, Rushcliffe Borough Council is ensuring that volunteers at sportsgrounds are also CPR trained and shown how to correctly use a defibrillator, hoping that in future, many young lives can be saved.