Soccer Saturday event at Whitton Sports Centre for ‘great’ footballer killed in A14 collision

Sian Ryan

Sian Ryan - Credit: Archant

Family and friends of a young woman who was killed in a car crash are hosting a special football event in her memory next weekend.

Memorial Football Match in memory of Sian Ryan at Woodbridge FC.; Family and friends of Sian Ryan

Memorial Football Match in memory of Sian Ryan at Woodbridge FC.; Family and friends of Sian Ryan - Credit: Archant

Former Copleston High School pupil Sian Ryan, from Ipswich, was just 16 when the car she was travelling in spun out of control, hitting a sign on the A14 at Nacton in 2009.

Perri Daniel and Gavin Sahota were both found guilty of causing the 16-year-old’s death by dangerous driving by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court in June 2010.

Now, following the success of previous years, a JustGiving page has been set up to collect donations for a football tournament happening next week in Sian’s memory.

Her friends hope to host “another brilliant football event” for the youngster – who has been described as being an “incredible friend” and “great” footballer.

Next week’s event, which follows a series of similar football-related events hosted in Sian’s memory since her death, is called ‘Soccer Saturday’.

On the event’s JustGiving page, which has so far collected almost £500 for charity, Rob Haddow wrote: “Sian was an incredible friend and family member to countless people.

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“Two things she was truly great at were football and putting a smile on the faces of all who were lucky enough to surround her. We are looking to take those qualities and honour her memory with our event on October 15, shortly after what would have been Sian’s 24th birthday.”

The five-a-side tournament – with food, drinks and other attractions – will be held at Whitton Sports Centre on Saturday, October 15. All proceeds will go to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Mr Haddow added: “It goes without saying that EACH is a superb cause which is close to many people’s hearts, as is the event and everyone’s wonderful memories of Sian, so please know that your generosity will be deeply appreciated.”

Visit the JustGiving page to donate.

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