A local football club has honoured its star player who passed away suddenly earlier this year.
Last Saturday, July 31, at the Billy Neill Soccer Centre in Dundonald, Oakfield Breda FC held their first memorial cup competition for their friend and team mate Scott Hamilton, who died unexpectedly in his sleep with Sudden Arythmia Death Syndrome (SADS).
Manager Mark Frazelle said: “The tournament was a fitting tribute to Scott and we were honoured to have his family there.
“Scott was only 22 years old when he passed away. He was the fittest fella I knew.
“He joined our football team a few years ago, although I have known of him from when he was a kid.
“You could have played him anywhere on the pitch, he always wanted the ball and was the best player we ever had.
“He was the same on and off the pitch. He was full of life and confidence and became a great friend.”
Scott, who was in the army, passed away on February 11. That week he had switched back to Oakfield Breda FC having played most of the season for Orangefield FC.
Mark was out with some of the players when he got the news about Scott’s death. “I just couldn’t believe it. We were devastated to hear the news, so we all wanted to do something to remember him by.
“This was a guy that would fly in from England on a Friday, play for us on the Saturday and fly back on the Sunday — it was very important to him to play football with his mates.
“We want this tournament to be an annual event. Four teams, including ours, took part this year — Castlereagh Colts, Belvoir |YM, and Ballynafeigh YM. We want to thank them all again for taking part.”
The tournament raised £200 for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.
Scott’s death is not the only setback to hit Oakfield Breda FC with financial hardship a constant backdrop.
However the club is on the lookout for new players and has begun rebuilding a second team.
Mark says: “Nearly half of our players are out of work at the moment, so with the training and matches we organise it gives a lot of them something to look forward to and focus on.
“Growing up here, there is not a lot in Newtownbreda — we are only just getting a park for the kids, but there are no social clubs or anything like that.
“We have been struggling to get funding as keeping a team and organising a weekly match is around £70 a week — not to mention booking training pitches.
“We recently got our kit sponsored by Starlight Chinese in Rosetta which was great, but we are just about surviving running two teams.
“I would hate it for our club to fold. Any help or sponsorship we could get would be most welcome.”
Oakfield Breda FC train every Tuesday and Thursday evening with coach Darren Owen.
For more information on joining or supporting, contact Mark on 07511 471088.