image source, image caption Emergency external defibrillators are sometimes attached to buildings in Wales, but are not mandatory
£ 500,000 will be made available to improve access to defibrillators in communities across Wales, the Welsh government has announced.
It comes after calls to make devices available in all sports clubs after a player from rugby died of cardiac arrest during a match.
And in July, a a cricketer died after a suspected heart attack .
By announcing money, Health Minister Eluned Morgan said there was the potential to save "many more lives ".
After the 31-year-old Cwmllynfell player died RFC Alex Evans in August, the Welsh government said it had donated £ 2.5million to the Save a Life Cymru program to raise awareness of the importance of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training. 'use of defibrillators.
image source, Family photo caption of the image 'image Alex Evans played the role of open-side flanker for Cwmllynfell RFC
After the death of Mr Evans, Cwmllynfell club secretary Gareth Evans urges the Welsh Rugby Union to provide defibrillators to all clubs, claiming it would give players "a chance to fight and survive ".
Every minute that a person is arrested without CPR or a defibrillator, their chances of survival drop by 10%, according to the Resuscitation Council.
But the Welsh government has saidHe hoped that by increasing the availability of defibrillators in community settings, survival rates for people with cardiac arrest outside of hospital would improve.
A number of deaths in Wales this summer at sports matches calls forwas launched to make more defibrillators available to the public.
Maqsood Anwar, 44, of Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, played for Sully on their home ground against Monkswood Cricket Club when he collapsed and died of a heart attack.
media caption 'My friend was literally dying there '
His friends said a defibrillator could have saved his life.
According to local councilor Kevin Marney, there was a defibrillator next to the cricket ground, but the players said they weren't aware of it.
Ms Morgan said: "Not only do we need a defibrillator network , but also to ensure that members of the public have the skills and confidence to use them, as well as the communication skills.CPR powers in case of unavailability of a defibrillator. "
media caption How to use a defibrillator and save a life
There are currently 5,423 public access defibrillators registered with the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust and the National Defibrillator Network.
Usually a defibrillator costs between £ 1,000 and £ 2,000.
Information on publicly available defibrillators can be found at HeartSafe and Calon Hearts websites.