UEFA launches online CPR training

Following the launch of the ‘Get Trained, Save Lives’ campaign last November, UEFA and the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) have today 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.

‘Get Trained, Save Lives’ is a result of the partnership between UEFA and the ERC and provides the medical skills required to act in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. The programme will also train match officials, staff and volunteers working at UEFA EURO 2024 in Germany. 

FC Internazionale Milano forward Lautaro Martínez said: “I think this campaign is important because life is important. it is crucial to know what to do if a cardiac arrest occurs.”

Wales legend Gareth Bale stated: “I’ve installed an automatic external defibrillator (AED) in my home and bought one for every member of my family. A cardiac arrest can happen anywhere. In a stadium, at work but most often at home. Sometimes I take my AED to the golf course. You never know what might happen.”

The campaign is being supported by a range of current stars and footballing legends, including Erling HaalandLautaro Martínez, Ana MarkovićRuud GullitGareth BaleThierry HenryDidier Deschamps and Rio Ferdinand, with more names to be announced in the coming weeks.

The CPR training on get-trained.com is set in a virtual dressing room and sees Gullit invite football fans to join Haaland, Martínez, Bale, Henry, Ferdinand and Marković on the course. As the course commences, interactive questions guide users through the teaching material, with players reacting to and commenting on their answers. Later this spring, UEFA will also introduce a shorter version of the training on Instagram.

UEFA and the ERC have so far provided hands-on training to 3,000 players, coaches, referees, officials and staff at finals and tournaments. In the build-up to EURO 2024, all participating teams will learn how to provide first aid in case of a sudden cardiac arrest. 

The campaign will receive extra attention during EURO 2024, with a TV commercial and activities in all fan zones across the ten host cities. The advert will be featured around matchday two of the EURO, while the campaign’s message will also be visible on LED boards around the stadiums.

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