A special fund has been launched in memory of football-mad Stephen Carey, to try to prevent similar tragedies.
Named after the talented midfielder, it aims to raise money to provide emergency first-aid training to grass-roots soccer clubs.
A committee, made up of people who knew, played with or managed Stephen, has set its sights on raising £8,000 next year. The money would go towards putting two representatives from each team in the North Northumberland League (NNL) through a course before the start of the 2013/14 season.
It would also be used to purchase first-aid kits for each NNL side and offer the training to match-day officials at this level. The campaign has been supported by the NNL, Northumberland FA and Stephen’s family. If successful, it could branch out to the Morpeth Sunday League (MSL).
Stephen represented Alnmouth FC sides in the NNL and MSL.
Dougie McEwan, who is a Stephen Carey Fund committee member, said: “Unfortunately, nothing could have been done to save Stephen, but this type of thing is happening too often with players around the world.
“We have come up with this idea, in Stephen’s memory, to try to stop something like this happening again or to help players who suffer other injuries.”
A football match has been held in Stephen’s honour, raising over £600 for the cause. For fund details, call 01665 575313.