Football tournament raises £1,600 in Michael’s memory

Friends and family of Michael Land, who died suddenly at the age of 28, raised more than �1,600 for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young when they held a football tournament.'Phil Lindley, David Leigh, Allen Haywood, Claire Green, Simon Fletcher

Friends and family of Michael Land, who died suddenly at the age of 28, raised more than �1,600 for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young when they held a football tournament.'Phil Lindley, David Leigh, Allen Haywood, Claire Green, Simon Fletcher

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A football tournament held in memory of a 28-year-old who died suddenly helped raise more than £1,600 for charity.

Michael Land died from sudden arrhythmic cardiac death syndrome (SADS) in February 2012.

Following his death, his family have held a number of fundraising events and raised more than £30,000 for Cardiac Risk in the Young .

Their latest event saw 16 football teams compete in a five-a-side tournament at the A1 Football Factory in Knottingley.

The teams competed for the Michael Land Memorial Trophy on July 4.

Allen Haywood, who organised the event, said: “We are very grateful to the owners of the Football Factory - Phil Lindley, Simon Fletcher and Paul Green.

“They allowed us to hold the event in their state-of-the-art facility free of charge.

“We’d also like to thank everyone for their kind donations and support.”

The event also included a junior five-a-side competition and play area for children throughout the day.

There was also a beautician for the players’ wives and girlfriends and a raffle which helped raise cash.

In total, the event raised £1,634 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Mr Haywood said he also hopes to work with the owners of the Football Factory to host a cardiac screening day at the centre.

Mr Green, who plays for Rotherham United, grew up in the Churchbalk Lane area of Pontefract.

Together with Mr Lindley and Mr Fletcher he opened the facility last year.

When he opened the facility Mr Green said: “Not many professional footballers come out of Pontefract. It would be nice to get a few more recognised players.

“There are loads of junior football teams in this area and I just think youngsters need that extra bit of coaching and people to help them on their way.”

CRY aims to raise awareness and reduce the number of people who die suddenly.

It is carrying out research with cardiologists and doctors to set up screening facilities and promote healthy lifestyles among people aged 14 to 35-year-old.

For more information on the charity visit www.c-r-y.org.uk