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
Paul Sherratt & Davie Parsons
BAFCA Chair BAFRA
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
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.”