West Bridgford Colts has thanked a local car dealership for a potentially life-saving donation.
Nottingham Audi has gifted our club a new defibrillator that can be used in the event of an emergency.
It will be available to sides playing at the club’s Regatta Way ground and is also portable so can travel with teams when they are competing away from home.
The car dealership, which has a showroom on Lenton Industrial Estate, made the donation after hearing about the tragic death of Colts player Dylan Rich.
Dylan collapsed during an FA Youth Cup game between West Bridgford Colts and Boston United in Nottinghamshire back in September of this year.
A defibrillator was available at the ground and used to keep Dylan alive until emergency services arrived, but sadly, the teenager later died in hospital.
The dealership said the tragedy highlighted the need for defibrillators to be available and decided to purchase an additional one for the club.
Matthew Mills, head of business at Audi Nottingham, said: “Nottingham Audi have a long, well established relationship with West Bridgford Colts, having sponsored the West Bridgford Predators for many years. So when we became aware of the tragedy that befell the club, we decided to purchase an additional brand new defibrillator for them.
“It is our hope of course that it is never needed however this portable defibrillator can travel with the teams to ensure that one is always on standby.”
West Bridgford Colts chairman Peter Stansbury said: “The recent tragic event at our club and the incidents with Christian Eriksen and Patrice Muamba show just how important it is to have a defibrillator on hand in case of emergency. Our club is very grateful for this kind donation.”