Recognition for defibrillator campaign
Swansea City’s popular community defibrillator campaign has won Silver at the prestigious Football Business Awards.
The campaign, set up in memory of the late Mitchell Joseph, came a close second to Everton as the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Scheme in football.
The club, in conjunction with Mitchell’s family and friends, placed 38 lifesaving defibrillators into the community last season through the charity Cariad, who are also out carrying out free defib training for local football clubs and members of the public.
To date, defibrillators have been placed in the following locations: Mynydd Newydd Playing Fields, Ashlands/Banfields, Gors Playing Fields, Paradise Park, Meadow View Sports Complex, Cwmbwrla Park, South Gower (Scurlage), Penygaer Playing Fields, Pontardawe Football Club, Pontlliw, Briton Ferry Llansawel FC, Bonymaen Rugby Club, Murton Playing Fields, Tir Canol Playing Fields, Ashley Road (King George), Hengwrt Sports Centre (x2), Liberty Stadium, Parc Newydd Playing Fields, Swansea City AFC ladies team, Trefelin Boys & Girls Club, Skewen Park, Treboth FC, Pryderi Park, Glynneath Town FC, Llanmorlais Playing Fields, Swansea City Academy, Bonymaen Park, Ystradgynlais FC, Coed Gwilym Park, Maesteg Park, Seven Sisters AFC, Onllwyn FC, Drefach F C and Seaside AFC.
The Swans pledged to continue the rolling programme this season by donating an extra defibrillator for every victory Graham Potter’s squad achieved over the course of the campaign.
It means another seven defibrillators are already being placed in the community at Bryn AFC, CKSV FC (Llanelli), Johnstown FC, Cimla AFC, Milford United, Pengelli FC and for the Swansea Bay Park Run at 360 Cafe.
The Swans Official App and Player App was also highly commended as a finalist in two awards for Innovation and the Best Use of Technology in Football.
The Football Business Awards recognise and reward the hard work that takes place in supporting the success of the game.
It is the fourth time in the last year that the Swans Official App has been shortlisted for a top industry award after previous recognition at the Sports Business Awards, Sports Technology Awards (two categories) and Design Week Awards.