UEFA, the World Heart Federation, the Swedish Heart & Lung Foundation and the Swedish Football Association (SvFF) are joining forces at UEFA Women's EURO 2013 for the Make A Healthy Heart Your Goal campaign – and last week in Linkoping formed part of the first stage of volunteer training.
Volunteers have a crucial role in making any UEFA tournament a success and organisers in Sweden are delighted with the quantity and quality of those wishing to help with the championship from 10 to 28 July. As part of the induction for volunteers in the host city of Linkoping, they were not only given information about the finals but also received CPR training provided by the Swedish Heart & Lung Foundation. Similar sessions were also held this week in Kalmar, Halmstad and Vaxjo, with volunteers in Solna, Gothenburg and Norrkoping to go through the same training in mid-June.
Anna Nilsson, UEFA Women's EURO 2013 volunteer and hospitality manager, said: "We are combining information about the tournament and basic guest service training with CPR training provided by the Swedish Heart & Lung Foundation. The CPR training means that more people involved in the tournament have knowledge about how to act when someone suffers from sudden cardiac arrest.
"When I heard about the cooperation between UEFA and the World Heart Federation, I started to think about the possibility of training all volunteers in CPR. As the volunteers play such an important role during the tournament, having them trained in CPR is of great value, both for the safety of fellow staff but of course also for all our guests."
The Make A Healthy Heart Your Goal campaign encourages women and girls to lead an active lifestyle and practise sports such as football to help reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden is the official patron of the initiative, which is being fronted by Sweden and Olympique Lyonnais forward Lotta Schelin.
For more information on UEFA's women's football development programme (WFDP) as well as the women's competitions, visit our women's football section.
For details about the Make A Healthy Heart Your Goal campaign, go to bit.ly/QxvmfL.
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