The local football community is mourning the loss of 15-year-old Dylan Crossey who died in tragic circumstances on Friday night 7th October 2016.
Dylan was an enthusiastic, committed and talented member of Penwortham St Teresa’s U16 team. His desire to do well and his will to win have been evident since he was seven years old and he was a valued player, team mate and friend to everyone at the club.
Dylan's family have released the following statement: "Dylan was a much loved son and brother who loved nothing more than living life to its fullest. He was a gentleman and was growing into a fine young man. Dylan was an outstanding footballer and loved to watch his favourite team Preston North End both at home and away. Dylan was taken from us suddenly and without warning. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends."
Club chairman David Tynan said, “It is in times like these that football brings the best out in people and the club has been overwhelmed by the support that all the clubs have shown along with all our affiliated leagues. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this tragic event, I’m sure the league and member clubs will join us in offering our wholehearted support to the family and friends of Dylan at this difficult time”.
Penwortham St Teresa’s charity partner, Sutty's Shooting Stars, use the mantra "Giving young people the chance to shine" and this is also adopted by the football club. Dylan represented a fine example of a person who firmly took his chance to shine, in football and in life, and he will be sadly missed by us all.
The Mid Lancs Colts League sends its deepest condolences to Dylan’s family and friends and to everyone at Penwortham St Teresa’s JFC. We invite all our clubs and referees to observe a minute’s silence in Dylan’s memory before their games on Weekend 15/16 October 2016.
Please read the below in regards to an initiative the MLCJFL will be holding over the weekends of 8th, 15th & 22nd October 2016 this will be held throughout all age groups within our league.
POSITIVE VOICE - Respectober
A number of Leagues up and down the country have embraced this campaign called POSITIVE VOICE, first done in 2015 by a county FA over a weekend and it was deemed a success, so it is being repeated again in 2016 but this time over a number of weekends with the POSITIVE VOICE starting on 8th October. The view is the event has a long lasting impact to make football more enjoyable for all.
We would encourage that this be as much a fun and social occasion as possible.
Over the past few seasons many clubs will have done silent weekends but it was felt, whilst they have some merit, it stops positive voices from being heard.
This season many other Leagues and organisations in a collaborative approach are on board.
The message is a simple one, positive voices create positive environment
Be positive in how you watch your football.
Be positive in how you praise your team.
Be positive in how you recognise and praise good play by the opposition.
Only positive comments should be heard from Players, coaches and spectators.
Clapping would also be seen as being Positive and would be encouraged.
Below are answers to some of the questions you may have.
Q) What if we play a team that is not taking part in Positive Voice?
Some teams may have declined to sign up for Positive Voice.
However, there is nothing to prevent you circulating leaflets among parents and coaches and inviting support.
Q) Is this for a fortnight only
Initially it is for a fortnight as a campaign but we hope the impact is long lasting.
Q) What if we don’t have a game scheduled?
Explore the potential for arranging the Positive Voice on a future date with the agreement of your opponents.
Q) Who is supporting it?
Hopefully all clubs would be supporting and joining in, if they want to.
WE hope all support the event and please circulate all the information throughout your teams.