Teenage Footballer Dies After Collision With Other Player
11 December 2018, 17:18
An "extremely popular" 14-year-old boy has died after colliding with another footballer during a youth match.
Luca Campanaro, a goalkeeper for Bedgrove Dynamos FC, from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, was seriously injured during an under-15s away match against Harefield United FC, west London on Sunday.
The player is believed to have collided with a member of the opposite team in what has been described as a "freak accident".
Paramedics and ambulance crews were on the scene "instantaneously", according to Ray Green, secretary for Harefield United FC, and Luca was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital.
Mr Green said: "Hats off to the paramedics and ambulance service, they were there that quick, even before the air ambulance.
"Normally when you have a football injury you can be sitting around for an hour, but it was instantaneous."
Mr Green added: "It was just a freak accident.
"It was just a collision between the two boys.
"From what people were saying it was the awkwardness of how he fell that was it."
A statement from Bedgrove Dynamos FC said: "We are deeply saddened to have to announce that a young player from the club sadly passed away this afternoon after being involved in a collision during a youth match on Sunday December 9.
"Our thoughts are with Luca's family and loved ones at this distressing time.
"We also offer our heartfelt condolences to his team-mates and all associated with the club as we now try to come to terms with the tragic loss of our friend and team-mate.
"It goes without saying that everyone at the club is devastated by this news and we ask that the privacy of his family, the players and club members is respected at this incredible difficult time."
Dave Garricks, a family friend, has set up a JustGiving page, which has surpassed its £10,000 goal to cover funeral costs,
A statement on the page has said any further donations will go to the London Air Ambulance who "tried to save Luca's life".
According to the page, Luca's organs were donated "so in this tragic event others may live".
Luca attended The Mandeville School in Aylesbury, where he was sitting his GCSEs in English, maths, science, history, computing science, physical education and a Btec in health and social care.
In a statement released by the school, headteacher Andria Hanham said: "There are no words to describe how we feel in losing Luca from our school community.
"He was an extremely popular boy and well liked by his peers and staff.
"Moreover, he was known in the local community and had innumerable friendships, so this news will shake many, many people."
In a joint statement by the staff they described Luca as: "An energetic, lively, inquisitive, friendly and helpful young man.
"He always had a smile on his face and he was a popular member of The Mandeville School.
"He will be hugely missed."
In a statement London Air Ambulance said: "London's Air Ambulance advanced trauma team were dispatched on Sunday to an incident in Hillingdon.
"After treatment on scene the patient was transferred to a major trauma centre by air by the London's Air Ambulance team."