Sports clubs to host beer and cider festival in memory of young player

PUBLISHED: 08:28 02 April 2019

Members of Nailsea United Football Club who are raising money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Members of Nailsea United Football Club who are raising money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).


Two sports clubs in Nailsea have teamed up to host a beer and cider festival this weekend to raise funds for charity.

Nailsea United Football Club and Grove Sports Centre and Social Club are putting on Westend Weekend in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

CRY has been chosen in memory of 22-year-old football James Colman, who died in his sleep in 2016 due to an undiagnosed heart condition.

James was a member of Nailsea United Football Club and his friends have organised a number of events in his memory to support CRY since his death.

The football club has also paid for CRY to run a screening day in August to identify anyone at risk of heart conditions.

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Roger Adams, from Nailsea United, said: “We’re raising funds to increase awareness and to carry out screening of local sportsmen and women in our town.

“By carrying out a screening programme we are going some way to reduce the chances of early cardiac deaths and serious medical conditions in sports men and women between the ages of 14 and 35 which may otherwise go undetected.”

“This is a unique opportunity. While screening is commonplace in professional sport, this joint initiative will be the first by an amateur club and is being closely observed by the Football Association and other parties.”

CRY will be screening tests on 140 young people at the club in August.

The club has paid £5,000 to run the sessions which help to identify young people at risk of heart disease or sudden death and it enables them to make lifestyle changes or receive treatment.

Nailsea United FC and Grove Sports and Social Club, in St Marys Grove, have teamed up to host the Westend Weekend to raise as much money as possible.

The festival is being sponsored by the Seal-Lite Group, with support from Nailsea Construction, Merryweather Williams Solicitors, Peaks and S&R Burchill’s.

James Colman’s dad John will open the event on Friday at 6pm and the entertainment across the three days includes music from Corvus, Mulberry Junction, The Hobbs and The Piano Man.

Westend Weekend is on from 6pm to midnight on Friday, from noon until midnight on Saturday and from noon until 6pm on Sunday.

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