More than 400 footballers take part in tournament in memory of Norwich teenager

Footballers and spectators brave the wind and rain for the annual Elliot Cooper day at Thorpe recreation ground. Photo: Bill Smith Footballers and spectators brave the wind and rain for the annual Elliot Cooper day at Thorpe recreation ground. Photo: Bill Smith

Emma Knights emma.knights@archant.co.uk
Monday, August 18, 2014
11:03 AM

Footballers from across the county have been taking part in a special charity tournament to honour the memory of Norwich teenager Elliot Cooper.

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Footballers and spectators brave the wind and rain for the annual Elliot Cooper day at Thorpe recreation ground. Photo: Bill SmithFootballers and spectators brave the wind and rain for the annual Elliot Cooper day at Thorpe recreation ground. Photo: Bill Smith

The 17-year-old died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) after playing for Thorpe-based team St Andrews FC in 2008.

His old club, Sunday league team Norman Wanderers FC has held an event every year in memory of the Hewett School sixth former.

This year’s memorial tournament took place at Thorpe Recreation Ground yesterday.

Steve Kenny, organiser of the event and secretary of Norman Wanderers FC, said: “It’s the sixth consecutive year we have run this event.

“It is something that has grown and got bigger and stronger every year.

“Both clubs wanted to do something to keep Elliot’s name alive.”

There were 35 teams from 16 different clubs involved in this year’s tournament.

More than 400 football players of all ages took part, and 18 referees volunteered at the event.

The Sole and Heel Veterans, from Rackheath, and Hopton competed for the Elliot Cooper Memorial Trophy which was won by Hopton.

“It was just a fantastic day,” said Mr Kenny.

“I would like to thank everybody involved, all the teams and clubs, St Andrews, the referees and everyone who has made the day as big a success as it was.

Each year the tournament raises funds for a good cause, and this year all the money raised will be given to seven-year-old Ella-Grace Honeyman, from Hevingham, who was diagnosed with the rare brain condition Vein of Galen Malformation just before her first birthday.

The youngster’s condition affects 10 to 12 children in the UK each year.

For more about fundraising for Ella-Grace visit www.lifeforellagracefund.co.uk

Are you holding a charity event? Email locallife@archant.co.uk

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