Charity football tournament will ‘celebrate player’s life’

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MORE than 100 Islanders will take part in a football tournament this weekend to raise funds for charity and celebrate the life of a former Victoria College student.

The annual ‘C-R-Y 4 Kay’ event, held in memory of Kayode Famoriyo, is set to take place on Saturday to raise funds for Cardiac Risk in the Young, which aims to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death.

Mr Famoriyo died in 2018 at the age of 21 from an undiagnosed cardiac condition while playing football with his friends.

He had previously graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in International Relations and Politics, and had aspirations to become a lawyer.

The football tournament, sponsored by PWC, will feature both a group stage and knockout rounds, with 128 players from 16 teams competing at Heathfield in St Saviour to be crowned the winners.

The winning team celebrate during the 2019 event

Live music will also take place throughout the day, with food and drink available.

Patrick McKimmon, one of the organisers of the event, said: ‘Kayode left a profound impact on everyone he met, whether that be fellow pupils at Victoria College and the University of Birmingham, colleagues at Mourant or members of the Island’s sports communities through his time playing for St Ouen’s FC.

‘The attendance of over 300 footballers and spectators at the annual football tournament stands testament to how loved he was.’

Through the event, donations, merchandise and raffles, Mr Famoriyo’s friends have now raised over £25,000 from the previous two tournaments – held in 2019 and 2021.

They have also set themselves a fundraising target of £15,000 from this year’s tournament.

It will begin at 10am and conclude at 6pm, with food, drink and live music until 7pm.

The organisers have arranged a post-tournament party on the ground floor of Rojo nightclub later in the evening.

A raffle will also take place at this year’s event. To buy a ticket or find out more about the tournament, visit ‘cry4kay_jsy’ on Instagram. Anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting ‘C-R-Y 4 Kay 2022 Donations’ on

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