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Special Report: Fighting Heart Disease with Football

A topic close to all at Bolton Wanderers

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In March 2012, Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest during a televised FA Cup match between Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur.

Fortunately Muamba made a full recovery, despite his heart having stopped for 78 minutes. Following medical advice, he announced his retirement from professional football in August 2012 and has since gone on to front several campaigns bringing the need for heart defibrillator machines to be placed in more public places.

We at Lion of Vienna Suite often receive emails from readers and the general public asking for assistance in publicising various events, from fan meetings to book signings. This weekend however, we received an email that resonated with us all, not least in the light of Muamba's incident back in 2012.

James from got in touch to promote a new six a side league in Bolton which has a strong healthy heart message to deliver.

The league aims to promote healthy hearts, makes regular donations to heart charities including the British Heart Foundation, runs free CPR classes for our players and their families and provide a fun and safe environment to play football. All leagues will have defibrillators on hand too.

New entrants to the league will also receive a free kit!

All leagues currently operate in Bolton on the latest fully floodlit 4G FIFA 1 STAR pitches approved by the FA - the same surface as Arsenal and Real Madrid's training grounds - the best in the country! The league also provides fully trained referees and staff trained to a high standard to ensure smooth running of the league and all equipment such as bibs, cones, balls and even goalie gloves are provided.

So if you are looking for a new six a side league, check out the website and give them a go.

Venues include Little Lever, Lostock and Harwood/Worsley coming in 2015! Check them out at