Wearside League to fund defibrillator programme

Wearside League chairman Peter Maguire
Wearside League chairman Peter Maguire
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THE Wearside League is to fund the purchase of a defibrillator for all of its 19 club grounds.

The cost of the project is also financially supported by the FA and the British Heart Foundation.

Chairman Peter Maguire said at the league’s clubs conference that he hoped the equipment would never be used but if it saved a life would be well worth the price.

Meanwhile, the league has also reaffirmed its commitment to the FA’s Respect and Use Your Head campaigns and has obtained replacement technical area bibs from local sponsors TWR Bifolds.

The bibs were first introduced by the league and are held in high regard by the FA.

Maguire reported: “A very simple idea but very effective. The league provides all clubs with branded bibs for all players and staff on the bench.

“This has proved a real success with referees who are able to determine immediately whether someone on the bench or in the technical area is there legitimately.

“This was originally a Wearside League initiative which eight other leagues across the country have run with.”

The league’s National League status is up for review and ground grading officers will visit all grounds over the next two months to ensure they still meet level seven requirements.

Recently, the league has completed two basic first aid courses, which resulted in 24 newly qualified personnel.

In closing the conference, Maguire informed clubs that foul language has no part in the league and by working as a team could be eradicated which would in turn attract families to return to local parks to watch games.