Match day first aid
With the footbal season kicking off once again, volunteers for
St John Ambulance are set to deploy hundreds of first
aiders across the country.
In London alone, the charity will despatch members to the home
games of Premier League football clubs Arsenal,
Chelsea, Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham as well as
Championship League clubs Crystal Palace and Queens Park
Volunteers also provide medical cover to football clubs in
both League One and League Two (including Brentford, Barnet,
Charlton Athletic, Leyton Orient and Millwall).
12 of the 13 top London football clubs across
the capital will receive support. Around 5,500 volunteers give up
their time to cover first aid at home games treating over 1,000
members of the public across the season.
We have been providing medical cover at football clubs across London for many years.
St John Ambulance London Assistant Commissioner, Operations
Over the years, St John Ambulance London has dealt with a
variety of incidents across the many football
clubs it is contracted to work with. From sprains and strains to
heat exhaustion, heart attacks and injuries resulting from fan
disagreements - members are on hand to provide medical
assistance when ever needed.
In addition to providing first aid assistance to fans, St John
Ambulance play a significant role in the
consultation process between football clubs and the local authority
to ensure the effective delivery of first aid.
When the new Emirates Stadium was opened in July 2006, St John
Ambulance in London played its part in ensuring the football
club invested in ECG equipment, which has proven to play a
vital duty in dealing with heart attack
Dave Bell, Assistant Commissioner (Operations), said: ‘We have
been providing medical cover at football clubs across London for
‘In addition to our members being in place to carry out first
aid when needed, we also play a significant part in the discussion
of stadium issues and are able to help put measures in place to
ensure best practice.’