Video: Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club’s biggest ever photo as players learn about CPR

Youngsters learn about the life-saving techniques while 250 members join for iconic photo

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Popular and community focused Moseley Rugby Club on Billesley Common has been teaching its young players about CPR.

The sports club partnered with stadium sponsors Zapaygo to provide the children with life-saving CPR demonstrations at the Reddings Suite.

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Among those attending the launch was former Moseley Rugby Club first team captain Derek Nutt whose life was saved by a defibrillator TWICE after he suffered heart attacks while in a gym.

Derek has donated two defibrillators to Moseley.

To mark the occasion Moseley Rugby Club, which began in 1873, organised to have its biggest ever photo taken with 250 players seated in the stand.

Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club’s biggest ever photoBirmingham Moseley Rugby Club’s biggest ever photo
Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club’s biggest ever photo

Why is having CPR knowledge so important?

Derek said: “As someone who has first-hand experience of a defibrillator saving my life, not just once but twice, I was very moved to see the defib training taking place at the club. I’ve had two cardiac arrests while in a gym and I have no previous history of heart problems and always thought of myself as being reasonably fit for my age.

“I’ve donated two defibrillators to Moseley and I’m passionate about people being able to use them correctly and administer CPR. Therefore, it was very emotional to see the youngsters in our club eager to learn how to use a defibrillator and take part in the training.

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“I hope that the defibrillators are never used or needed, but if there’s an incident where they are required, we know we have the knowledge on how to use them. There can be no better legacy that Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club can give to the community than people trained in saving lives.”

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Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club

The NHS has some great advice on CPR.

It says: “If someone is unconscious and not breathing normally, call 999 and start CPR straight away.

“When you call for an ambulance, telephone systems now exist that can give basic life-saving instructions, including advice about CPR.”

Here’s a link to their full advice: NHS CPR advice

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CPR demonstrations at Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club

What has Moseley Rugby Club said about the CPR initiative?

Moseley Rugby Club Director of Rugby, Adam Balding said: “Wow what a night. Not only did we welcome some very special guests, but we also experienced some fantastic training and technology to help keep us all safe.

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“We gathered the largest number of players which saw around 250 seated within the stand – and we still managed to get our firsts out for training.

“Thanks to our current sponsors including Zapaygo, our new kit for this season looks great, but most importantly, the smart and safe technology of the Zapaygo app, enables our spectators to order and pay from the hospitality suites via their mobile phone and have refreshments delivered to their table or collect from a designated collection point at the bar.

“As a community-centred club, it’s paramount that spectators and staff remain safe while attending our games and events to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and also to avoid missing those all-important tries.”

Young players at Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club learn about CPRYoung players at Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club learn about CPR
Young players at Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club learn about CPR

What has Zapaygo said about the initiative at Moseley Rugby Club?

Brian Mcclafferty, chief marketing officer at Zapaygo said: “Zapaygo has always been a huge supporter of grassroots and professional sport.

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“We are currently launching the app at a number of sports stadiums across the UK, so it was a privilege to support Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club with this incredible event.

“We recently announced our stadium sponsorship deal for the club, and we are also their chosen mobile order and pay app provider for their spectators.

“We’re a tech-based company and we know how easily young people adapt to new technology.

“As an app provider that focuses on safety and service improvements for hospitality and the community, it was encouraging to see everyone in the Reddings Suite using the app to order and pay for their refreshments.

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“But when you look at something as simple as using a defibrillator, it is still relatively an unknown entity.

“So, it was really great today to see so many people across the generations willing to learn how to perform CPR in case of an emergency.

“Members of the Zapaygo team sat with the children and their families and it was really encouraging to hear what they had learned from the sessions.

“Who knows, one day they might just be there in time to save someone’s life.

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“We cannot wait to be a part of this long-term defibrillator fundraising initiative and provide sports clubs like Moseley with the sponsorship funding they may need.”

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