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Our thoughts go out to Mark Mabbott and his family. We have been in communication with Leicester Panthers and Nottingham Caesars, and commend the quick thinking and actions of both teams along with the emergency services.

We join the entire Britball community in wishing Mark a speedy recovery and reiterate the request that privacy be afforded to Mark’s family at this difficult time. 

Leicester Panthers statement in full: 


The Leicester Panthers have an update for our fans, supporters, and the wider Britball community that one of our players and our brother, Mark Mabbott, collapsed on the field during a game against Nottingham Caesars in the 1st quarter. As far as we have been informed he suffered cardiac arrest on the field after making a tackle.
Several of our team members, opposition team members and medical staff responded rapidly and provided prompt CPR on the field, which was instrumental in saving his life. Mark was transported to Coventry hospital, where he has received the best medical care available.
At this point in time, Mark remains in a stable condition following positive news and has had his family beside him throughout. He is awake and talking but obviously remains at hospital for treatment and care.
Firstly would like to thank NHS medical staff and the responders for their quick and efficient response. We also want to express our eternal gratitude to the heroes who provided prompt CPR and medical care on the field, namely our Aqeel Diwan and Dan Pell as well as Nottingham players Samuel Fraser and James Simpson. Your actions saved Mark’s life, and we will never be able to express how instrumental you were yesterday.
We fully understand that this news may be unsettling for everyone on the field at the time, friends and family and all the people in the Britball community. Once we receive any more updates from the medical teams we will cascade these out.
We ask for privacy and respect for Mark and his family during these times. We can only urge that everyone keep Mark and his family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Once again, we thank everyone for their support and concern.

Supporting your club
BAFA and BAFCA strongly recommend that all coaches and staff members complete UK Coaching’s free e-learning on Sudden Cardiac Arrest. This free life-saving eLearning course is packed with immersive and scenario-based learning, practical information and tips to help you respond quickly and appropriately to a sudden cardiac arrest.