Young sportsman airlifted to hospital from Norfolk-wide rugby festival

A young sportsman was airlifted to hospital after being struck in the throat during one of the last games of a huge rugby festival.

Charlie Morton was among hundreds of players from across the county taking part in the day of games hosted by Holt Rugby Club.

The 12-year-old Swaffham player was involved in a collision on the pitch and struck in the throat by an elbow. First aiders rushed to his side and after seeing it was a neck injury called for paramedics.

All road crews were reportedly busy however, and instead the air ambulance was dispatched to the ground to take the youngster to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. The helicopter crew immobilised his spine but after being checked out at hospital he was given the all clear and discharged.

He is now said to be a bit sore after yesterday's incident but is happy at home and will be taking a week off from the pitch.

Swaffham Rugby Club wished to thank the first aiders who tended to Charlie as well as the air ambulance crew and medical staff at the Norfolk and Norwich.

Around 2,000 people crammed into Holt's ground on Sunday to watch as more than 500 young players took to the turf for the 'development' festival, which aims to help less experienced players works on their skills.

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They were joined by special sporting guests Ben Youngs and his older brother and fellow Leicester Tigers team mate Tom.

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