It was a sad day for youth football in Scotland yesterday as two talented, young footballers lost their lives.
Jamie Skinner, aged 13, passed away following an innocuous incident on the pitch. Jamie was playing his first game for Tynecastle FC U14’s, in a game against Spartans, after being released by Heart of Midlothian FC last week. In a statement, released by Tynecastle FC, it was said, “No words can fully express our grief and dismay at seeing this happen, we can only pass on our thoughts and prayers to friends and family. Everyone at Tynecastle is in total shock at what has happened, and we are sure the youth football community will join with us in also thinking of all the players, coaches and supporters at the game who witnessed this sad event”.
In an unrelated event, Hibernian U20’s player David Paul, aged 18, passed away in the night after a night out with his Hibernian teammates. In a club statement, Chairman Rod Petrie said “Everyone at the Club is deeply affected by this. David was a talented and promising young footballer, and a fine young man. Our thoughts - and the thoughts of the entire Hibernian community - are with his family at this dreadful and difficult time for them”.
Youth Football Scotland would like to extend its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the players at this devastating time.
Friends of Jamie Skinner have arranged a Memorial match on the 30th of December. Details below: