The stars of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League’s NPL Football Academy will be competing for the The Jordan Burndred Memorial Trophy next season, named this week in honour of the Leek Town academy student who died in tragic circumstances.
A 17-year-old second year NPLFA student, the teenager passed away in hospital in Turkey last October nearly two weeks after suffering a heart attack while on holiday with his family.
Jordan’s mum Nicola and stepfather Danny, who have set up a memorial fund to help charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) reduce the frequency of sudden cardiac death in the young through screening programmes, are pictured being presented with the NPLFA’s newly named league trophy on Monday by Leek Town academy coach John Mayer.
The trophy, purchased by the NPLFA, the Evo-Stik NPL and Leek Town, was later presented to Jordan’s teammates at Harrison Park by his mum who told them how proud the family was that her son’s name would live on among future students.
She said: “On behalf of myself and my family, thank you for your continued support. It was an honour to accept your kind offer of the Jordan Burndred Memorial Trophy. It makes me so proud to see so many people coming together in Jordan’s memory.”
An NPLFA spokesman said: “Jordan was the model student, his application to both his studies and football was second to none. We wanted to honour his memory in the best possible way and renaming the new league trophy will ensure he will never be forgotten to current and future students.”
For more information on the memorial fund for CRY visit: http://www.facebook.com/JordanBurndredCRY/timeline.