Training with a difference for lifesaving team at rugby club

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DALZIEL Rugby Club representatives have been given a different type of training - one that could help them save a life.

The Motherwell club, like many sporting organisations across Scotland, received defibrillators from the Craig Hodgkinson Memorial Trust.

The body was set up after 27-year-old Royal Marine Craig died suddenly in 2007 from an undiagnosed heart condition while playing rugby.

Craig’s parents established the trust and money they raised was matched by funding from the British Heart Foundation Scotland.

Automated external defibrillators are machines that deliver a controlled electric shock to the heart in order to restore a normal heartbeat after a cardiac arrest.

The equipment has been in place at Dalziel for a couple of seasons now and Scottish Ambulance Service staff visited recently to provide a refresher course and train new volunteers.

A Dalziel spokesman said: “This machine can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency. It’s a vital resource for our staff, players, supporters and everyone else who uses and visits the club.

“We want to ensure our staff and volunteers are trained and updated in vital lifesaving skills.”

All members and honorary life members are being encouraged to attend Dalziel’s annual general meeting which takes place in the clubhouse on Monday, June 10, at 7pm.

It will include election of office-bearers and the club are looking for a good turnout.

Meanwhile, it might be the close season, but Uddingston Rugby Club are hoping to see many of their players and supporters over the next few weeks as all of the British and Irish Lions games in Australia are being screened in the Castle Policies clubhouse.