Staff at Preston North End were given life support education as a thank you for allowing Deepdale facilities to be used for essential training to NHS colleagues during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since the beginning of Covid-19, we have been recruiting more staff to help with the ongoing efforts and demands that have come with the pandemic. One of the most important aspects of their induction is life-saving training that needs to be carried out face to face. However due to social distancing they have had to find suitable rooms for the courses.

The club has not only kindly allowed the team to use the function rooms at Deepdale free of charge, but also assisted in laundering items between training sessions to ensure the safest possible environment for everyone.

Mark Wardman, Education, Training and Professional Development Manager at LSCft, said: 

“Through using Deepdale’s facilities we completed over 139 courses, training 840 staff. It’s a truly amazing achievement that couldn’t have been done without the help of Preston North End and Heathcotes.”

Staff at Deepdale and their catering partner Heathcote&Co Deepdale were offered life support training and 12 members of backroom staff took part earlier this month, including PNE Chief Executive John Kay and general manager of Heathcote&Co Deepdale David Cura.

The training included how to help someone choking, the recovery position, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillation (the use of public defibrillators) and DRSABCD (Danger, Response, Send for help, Airway, Breathing, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) in both adults and children.

A spokesperson for Preston North End said: 

“Offering the facilities at Deepdale to the incredible NHS staff was the least we could during the challenging times of the Covid-19 pandemic and it has been fantastic for us to be able to help the Trust deliver this essential training.

It was a very generous offer to allow members of staff from both the football club and our caterers to receive life support training which will be invaluable to them, not only as individuals but also to all those attending events at Deepdale and in the wider community. As a club we are very grateful for the training received and it has been a pleasure to work alongside the Trust throughout this difficult period.”