BAFA shared with the community (21/5/2018):
The British American Football Association (BAFA), as well as its coaching and refereeing affiliates (BAFCA & BAFRA) would like to offer its condolences to the teammates, friends, and family of the member of the Cambridgeshire Cats who tragically died after suffering a heart attack during a training session this weekend.
The whole British American Football community has been shocked by the sudden death of a popular player, and in line with the team’s wishes we won’t be naming the player until the family has been notified.
The Cambridgeshire Cats have already issued a statement (below) and we are working with the club to provide additional support. BAFA is currently arranging psychological support for the team, coaches and administrators of the club through our Welfare Director.
There are over 14000 registered players in the UK, and BAFA is dedicated to making the sport as safe as possible. This has come as a sudden and tragic loss to everyone involved in the sport.
Martin Cockerill & Nichole McCulloch
BAFA Chair BAFA Vice Chair
Paul Sherratt & Davie Parsons
BAFCA Chair BAFRA President
The British American Football Association (BAFA) is the National Governing Body of American Football in the UK. For further comment please contact the BAFA Director of Communications; Geoff.Jein@BritishAmericanFootball.org
CAMBRIDGESHIRE CATS STATEMENT – IN FULL
“We are tremendously sorry to say that one of our players suffered a heart attack this afternoon at practice, and despite the valiant efforts of all involved he did not recover.
We would kindly ask for some time and space as we deal with this tragedy. We will not be releasing his name until the family have been notified, and we would ask that everyone respect his family’s privacy. Any additional details will be released as appropriate.
He was our brother, our family, our friend, and our team mate and we will miss him dearly.
We would like to thank everyone for their kind words as we come to grips with the tragedy that has befallen the Cats and the whole community today.
We would also like to thank the paramedics, air ambulance and police who all attended the scene.
Thank you for your patience and understanding in this time.”