After Wales made the knockout stages for the second time in a tow and Italy were crowned champions of Euro 2020, people across Wales are being inspired to get back into the game like their footballing heroes. With restrictions now lifted to allow team sports, one fan from Church Village is looking forward to getting back into exercise following a life-threatening condition last year.
Kevin Martin, 58, suffered a sudden heart attack and cardiac arrest during his weekly five-a-side football game and was resuscitated thanks to the centre’s defibrillator and quick thinking from his teammates.
Like Kevin, Denmark’s Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest while playing football for his country. At this year’s Euros, Eriksen collapsed on the pitch before being resuscitated with a defibrillator which brought it all back for Kevin.
Following an eight-month recovery period, Kevin, who works as a postal delivery worker, is now returning to sport. Both an avid fan and player, Kevin has been part of a football team for more than 40 years.