Cardiac screening is at the heart of the Richmond Heavies Foundation. A core aim is to ensure that every opportunity is given to safeguard against undiagnosed heart conditions and thereby prevent tragedy within our rugby community.
Working together with a number of screening partners, we have put in place a fully funded cardiac screening programme offering a flexible, age-appropriate screening solution for all relevant (age 14+) playing and coaching members of Richmond FC.
In 2019, we screened 300 Richmond players and coaches, across 3 specific screening days at the club. Out of those screened, 10 people have had referrals and 2 people have had additional support from the Richmond Heavies Foundation to see a specialist cardiologist in light of difficulties identified only because of this programme.
The Richmond Heavies Foundation is committed to a long-term ongoing screening programme for all playing and coaching members of Richmond over the age of 14.
Cardiac screening is a quick and simple non-invasive test.
For more information on what is involved and what to expect, please click on the following links from two of our screening partners, Cardio Direct and CRY:
“The foundation is committed to a long term programme of screening for all players and members of Richmond over the age of 14”
“This opportunity is one of a kind really, the fact that players don’t have to pay for it is invaluable”
Richmond Women’s Chair
“Richmond are going to lead the way on this, hopefully other clubs will follow”
“As rugby players we are meant to be big strong and nothing really hurts us, but mental health effects everyone”
Kirsty Lee Griffith
Richmond Women’s Player
“There are many reasons to support the foundation, not only are you helping to save lives but you're making it a safer and better place to play”
“without screening you just never know, its very important, its brilliant work what the Richmond Heavies are doing, I’m glad to be part of it”
“it’s a magnificent club and the foundation is a wonderful testament to the way Richmond behaves, it’s fantastic and I’m very proud”
Richmond Heavies Player
“makes me feel valued, makes me feel that I’m loved and welcomed at the club”
Richmond Men’s Player
“it is a blueprint, not just for clubs but communities”
England Rugby Player
“mental health is an area which is so missed and not appreciated how much it is needed in this environment, its amazing what they are doing here”
England Rugby Player
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