A YOUNG footballer who died suddenly at the age of nine is due to be remembered in a charity football tournament tomorrow.
Lee Tomlinson fell ill while he was at school at school on March 18 this year, and tragically died at Birmingham Children’s Hospital just hours later.
It was later discovered the Outwoods Primary School pupil had suffered a sudden brain haemorrhage.
A keen footballer, Lee had recently started playing with Belvedere Football Club, and now the club is taking time to remember him and raise cash for good causes with this event at The Marlpit.
Shaun Adams, one of the managers at the club, said: “The family has allowed us to hold a memorial tournament and all the money we are raising is to go to the children’s ward at Queen’s Hospital in Burton and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”
All the teams taking part in the tournament are under the age of 10, to reflect the age that Lee was when he died.
Mr Adams added: “We want to hold an under-10 tournament annually. It was Lee’s first year with the club, and this way, it’s like he’ll be frozen in time.
“Hopefully it’s going to be successful.”
The tournament is due to kick off at 10.30am, and there will be a minutes silence five minutes before it starts.
Though Lee had not been playing with the Belvedere Football Club for very long, his parents John and Su said he was passionate about the sport.
In a tribute written in the programme for the tournament, they said: “He would always be playing kick ups with his friends on the trampoline at home, and watched his favourite team, Manchester United, whenever they were on television.
“Lee especially looked forward to training days and match days, when he would be ready ages before it was even time to go.”
Hours before he died, he had been playing football with friends, but had then gone to the medical room with a terrible headache. He fell into a coma and never woke up.
As well as football, he was very interested in wildlife, and had a large collection of animal bones.
He was also artistic, and would spend hours drawing pictures of animals.