Sunday January 27th 2019, a day to remember honouring one of our own, Ben Smith, taken from us too young.
Hundreds turned up to witness a match at Trojans in memory of Ben, one of our youth players who tragically died suddenly in 2017 of a heart condition.
The players were Bens friends and team mates. They came from Trojans, King Edwards VI school, other schools and clubs the width and breadth of Hampshire. Humbling to see so many turn out to remember him.
The world’s best referee, Nigel Owens MBE generously offered up a day to referee the game and drew from Hampshire’s Young Match Officials Scheme to help him on the touchline. Exceptional job done by both and Nigel’s generosity was appreciated both on and off the pitch.
The scoreline was irrelevant and the winner was the rugby and the commendable performance by all the players and their drive to raise awareness of and money for C.R.Y. (Cardiac Risk in the Young) Charity.
Trojans aim was to raise money to fund screening days for all its young players aged between 14 & 35 to hopefully diagnose cardiac abnormalities. So, with the generous support of local business and a small army of volunteers armed with programmes, raffle tickets and collection buckets, over £9000 was raised. A truly phenomenal amount. Our justgiving page is still up and running and the amount grows daily.
Caroline, Ben’s mum has been overwhelmed by the response and presented the Ben Smith Memorial Cup, to be presented annually to an under 16 Trojans player who is a ‘True Trojan’.
Special thanks must go to Paul, Frances and Matthew Jackson, to our corporate sponsors and to every person who came to support and dig deep.