Zenit and the St. Petersburg branch of the Russian Red Cross held a first aid class for our supporters at the Gazprom Arena before the match with Akhmat Grozny.
World First Aid Day was created by the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent and it has been marked on the second Saturday of September since the year 2000. The event is aimed at making sure the general public has basic first aid skills and knows how to save a life. World First Aid Day was celebrated on 11 September this year.
Evgeny Gorodny, Chairman of the St. Petersburg branch of the Red Cross told us; “first aid skills should be known by everyone as it’s an important humanitarian skill, it gives everyone the chance to save a life and or save someone suffering from a sudden illness or injury. Having first aid skills gives you the ability to take decisive action and to save or stabilize a serious injury and increase a person’s chance of survival.
We held this first aid training session to show our supporters the links between football and first aid, we’ve all seen medical attention be vital during football matches. Examples of first aid helping players when injured or suffering a medical emergency was shown on the stadium’s indoor screens and then lessons in how to administer the specific treatment given was shown to fans in attendance. Participants then had the chance to test their skills on the first aid smart dummies at the class. The dummies were able to rate how well the first aid skills were performed and the Russian Red Cross handed over a prize to the best first aider.
On 15 and 16 September, the Red Cross will hold a series of first aid classes for Zenit volunteers and employees at the Gazprom Arena to up their life saving skills.