Grand Support of Troy Parker Football Tournament
10 August 2011
This year’s Troy Parker Football Tournament was a really grand affair thanks to a kind hearted donation from Fareham-based Persimmon Homes South Coast.
Carlie Annetts, mum to Troy Parker, founded the tournament in 2003. Tragically in 2002 at the age of 12, Troy died from a head injury when he collided on his bicycle with a car and was not wearing a helmet. It seemed a very minor knock at the time and Troy was taken to Southampton Hospital however his condition deteriorated and was put on life support for eight days before he sadly passed away.
The following year, with the help of Test Valley Lions Football Club, who Troy played for, Carlie set up a two day, 6-a-side football tournament in Troy’s memory and to also raise money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Hospital where Troy spent his final days and the Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust - a trust that has been striving to make it law for children to wear helmets since before Troy died.
Carlie said: “The same company has sponsored the trophies since the start of the tournament all those years ago but due to rising costs and the economic climate, sadly they were unable to help contribute funds towards this year’s event. As the tournament is particularly close to my heart, I was determined to find another sponsor and was delighted when Persimmon Homes stepped in with their offer of £1,000 to completely cover the cost of the trophies.
“It’s really important for me, and all of Troy’s friends that play every year, that the tournament continues – not only to keep the message about cyclists’ road safety in the forefront of people’s minds but also to keep Troy’s memory alive amongst those who knew and loved him.”
Dawn Brooks from Persimmon’s nearby Picket Twenty development, concludes: “Carlie’s is a real heart-wrenching story and as soon as we heard that she had lost funding for the trophies, we were determined to help out. The event was a really great day with 50 teams in total competing and we were delighted to have provided support.”