A SUFFOLK football team are promoting awareness of a lifesaving app by wearing the logo on their shirts.
Borussia Martlesham wore the new shirts featuring the Revivr app logo for the first time in their 5-2 win in their opening Ipswich Sunday Football League fixture versus The Golden Hind at the weekend.
The free Revivr app was designed by the British Heart Foundation and teaches CPR using just your phone and a cushion or pillow.
Joe Langfield, who played for Borussia Martlesham, was just 27 when he collapsed and died of myocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart muscle, in June 2021. One person dies suddenly each week in the UK due to undiagnosed myocarditis.
The logo along with Joe’s initials was printed on the shirts by Ipswich business Total Football, who supply football kits to local clubs.
Club official Sharon Wilding said: “Our intention is to promote awareness of the RevivR app initiative to the football community in memory of Joe and encourage clubs to either do the Heart Foundation CPR training or complete the 15-minute online tutorial, so they are confident in what needs to be done in that situation.
“We don’t want it to become just token gesture, we really hope to make a difference with this.
“Ultimately, we want to make Christian Eriksen and any other high-profile players who have experienced these kind of health conditions aware of what we are trying to achieve so they can then help promote Revivr and help saves lives.”
The RevivR app and Joe Langfield's initials are pictured on the back of Borussia Martlesham's shirts both above and in the main photograph taken by Kevin Brailsford
Laura Gasson, Regional Fundraising Manager for the BHF, said: “We’d like to applaud Borussia Martlesham for their continuing efforts to raise awareness of CPR and how to learn this lifesaving skill.
“Tragically, we know that fewer than one in 10 people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in this country – a statistic we are determined to improve by giving everyone the opportunity to learn CPR easily.
“Our online CPR training tool RevivR is an easy, quick and free way to learn from scratch or brush up your skills. All you need is 15 minutes, and it could teach you the skills needed to save a life.”
Karen Cornforth, a Director of Total Football, said: “Good luck to Borussia Martlesham with their campaign to make every team in football aware of the British Heart Foundation’s Revivr online CPR training.
“We at Total Football were more than happy to sponsor the Revivr logo on their new kit when they approached us in the summer.”