‘Hopefully it will never be used’

Photo Neil Cross'Fleetwood Gym manager Barry Whittaker, right, and Mike Sumner, with the defibrilator for use by all sports clubs who use the facility.
Photo Neil Cross'Fleetwood Gym manager Barry Whittaker, right, and Mike Sumner, with the defibrilator for use by all sports clubs who use the facility.

A life-saving piece of equipment is now permanently in place at a Fleetwood sports ground – and is available for anyone should the need for it arise.

The defibrillator is at King George’s Playing Fields, the biggest ground for football training in the town, which sees hundreds of people using the ground every week.

The piece of kit has been purchased thanks to a £900 grant from Fleetwood Town Council and a donation from Fleetwood Gym funds.

Barry Whittaker, chairman of Fleetwood Gym said: “We are really pleased to have the defibrillator on the premises. There’s a lot of sport going on at King George’s – up to 500 people a week use the facilities – so its good to know the life-saving kit is there should anyone need it.

“We put a request in for the funding to Fleetwood Town Council and they totally agreed it was needed.

“We would like to thank them for their great support.”

All team managers have 
access to the defibrillator and they will all attend a special training course to learn how to use it.

On behalf of Fleetwood Town Council, chairman Coun Terry Rogers said they were only too happy to help.

He added: “Supporting this was a unanimous decision and it suits us well to sponsor and pay for the equipment.

“Hopefully it will never be used, but its there for everyone to use, including people watching the matches as well as those on the field.”