Football coach Manisha Tailor calls for more education on life-saving skills in football
Football coach Manisha Tailor has called for more education on cardiac health, life-saving skills and heart conditions throughout football, after attending the Heart4More Foundation Gala Dinner and following the recent and high-profile death of Patrick Ekeng, who died in hospital less than two hours after collapsing during a league game.
Manisha, CEO of Swaggarlicious, was one of 160 guests along with Arsenal trio Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla. The Foundation’s story evolved after former Millwall striker Tobi Alabi suffered a cardiac arrest whilst playing for Metropolitan Police in October 2013.
Manisha is a UEFA B licensed coach, scout for Brentford FC and previously worked with Middlesex Girl's Centre of Excellence as Centre Manager and Head Coach. Having worked in the professional and grassroots football environment, Manisha believes more can be done within the game.
"From my experience as a coach it is becoming much more apparent that education on cardiac arrest is needed, for both young players and club coaches.
"It is important that we are made aware of the signs to look out for, prevention strategies and most importantly how to most efficiently and effectively manage or cope if we were to be in a situation like the with one of our players.
"The sad news of Cameroon and Dinamo Bucharest midfielder Patrick Ekeng, only 26, who died of a heart attack during the second half of a game he was playing, just illustrates the real need for the work being done by Heart4More and defibrillator training to really help save lives.
"As coaches we have a duty of care towards our players and we must come together as a football community to raise awareness of heart conditions among young people and the importance of screening."
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Through Swaggarlicious, Manisha Tailor is available to book for guest speaking on a range of topics, to deliver coaching and anti-bullying and discrimination workshops as well as attendance at local and national soccer schools.
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