YOUNG footballers in Leamington have thanked a housebuilder for a potentially life-saving donation.
Cala Homes Midlands gifted Leamington Lions Girls FC a defibrillator, two first aid kits and a £1,000 bursary donation for sports equipment.
The club, which supports dozens of teams across all age groups and abilities in the Central Warwickshire Girls Football League, received the defibrillator for the use of the club and surrounding community.
Leamington Lions vice secretary Stuart Crutchley said the club was extremely grateful and relieved for the donation.
Having volunteered at the club for 21 years, Stuart thinks the incident when Christian Eriksen collapsed playing for Denmark in the European Championship earlier in the year demonstrated the importance the life-saving equipment across all ages and fitness levels.
Stuart said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to Cala Homes Midlands for helping us in our mission to instil a lifetime love of football and sport – the donations will really helped to foster that ethos among our players whilst keeping them safe.
“As grassroots football is mostly voluntary, it’s come as a huge help. I don’t get paid and don’t want to, but it’s companies like Cala that come in and support – that money will go a really long way and the defib could even save a life.”
The bursary donation allowed the club to purchase extra training equipment, including mini goals, footballs, bibs and speed and agility equipment.
Visit leamingtonlions.co.uk/ for more information on the Leamington Lions.