19/05/2021- Member


Do you know what to do in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest? A free life-saving digital toolkit is available, potentially saving thousands of lives every year.

UK Coaching, in collaboration with Resuscitation Council UK, St John Ambulance and Joe Humphries Memorial Trust, has produced a free toolkit to help people understand how to respond and act quickly to a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

An SCA is when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops pumping blood around the body and vital organs due to an abnormal heart rhythm. Each year in the UK, approximately 60,000 people have an SCA out of hospital, with only 1 in 10 surviving.

If effective action is taken within the first minute, it can treble someone’s chance of survival.

Through this toolkit, which has been funded by Sport England and is aimed at the sport and physical activity industry – from coaches to instructors, staff, spectators and parents – everyone can play a part in improving the chances of survival through the right information, training and support.

UK Coaching’s CEO Mark Gannon, said, “What could be more important than knowing how to save a life? We know that great coaches change people’s lives and communities every day through the delivery of sport and physical activity. On occasion, they may literally have to save a life.

“Sudden cardiac arrest is something we all need to know about and take responsibility for. The stark fact is, if more people were trained in CPR and how to use a defibrillator then more people would be saved.

“That is why, collectively, we created a digital learning toolkit that reduces the fear and shock of an SCA and increases people’s response rate by being prepared to act. This training is free, simple and a must for all coaches.

“Learn to be quick, be smart and restart a heart.”


The toolkit is now available at ukcoaching.org and can be accessed in bitesize chunks. It includes:

  • practical information and advice
  • an immersive scenario-based eLearning course
  • a series of high impact and informative videos
  • insightful interviews and compelling written features with survivors, their coaches and victims’ families
  • signposting to further support.

Learners will receive a certificate for completing the eLearning and will be awarded ½ a Developmental CPD point by CIMSPA.

SCAs can happen to anyone, anytime and anywhere, on and off the piste. Learn how to save a life.


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