ABOUT HEARTBEAT OF FOOTBALL
Deploy Football is proud to partner with Heartbeat of Football to help raise awareness of Heart Health. Quite simply, "No one should die playing the sport they love."
The charity has been on a long yet rewarding journey since 2015, when Andy witnessed his Forest Rangers FC teammate Matt Richardson die from a heart attack playing over 35’s football. Two days later his good friend, Peter Katholos (ex-NSL and Socceroos player) witnessed his Belmore Hercules teammate die the same way.
It was obvious that something needed to be done to stop these deaths at football grounds.
Heartbeat of Football (HoF), a not-for-profit organisation, was established in early 2016 by media personality and football enthusiast Andy Paschalidis as a direct result of these events.
The Heartbet of Football foundations mission is to have zero heart-related deaths on the sporting ground.
Heartbeat of Football promotes healthy hearts in sport via:
Awareness: player, participant & community education programs.
Prevention: minimisation of health risks - simple screening checks.
Action: "rescue-ready" defibrillators at all sporting fields around the country.
There are four action areas in which Heartbeat of Football acheives this: