A 15-year old girl has died while playing football in Euxton.
The teenager, named locally as Melissa Smith, was playing football for Cadley FC at Greenside, Euxton, near Chorley, against Euxton Girls in the under 16’s premier league when she collapsed at around 11.30am on Sunday.
Steve Flynn, club chairman for Cadley FC, said Melissa was a “lively and energetic” youngster who was well-loved at the club.
He said: “Everyone at the club is deeply saddened, it is a big shock.
“All of teams have been informed and we have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support we have received from other teams in the league.
He continued: “She was really conscientious and thoughtful - so much so that she rang the team manager when she was on her way to say she was running late.
“We are just all in shock and can’t imagine what her family must be going through.”
Melissa, who was from
Penwortham, had played for Cadley FC for five years, joining the team to play for the under 11’s squad.
Following her collapse, CPR and a defibrillator was administered at the scene but Melissa was later pronounced dead at the Royal Preston Hospital.
Euxton Girls’ chairman Dennis Winn said: “We’re absolutely devastated and our deepest sympathies go out to Cadley FC and the family of the young girl.”
Lancashire Police said her death is not being treated as suspicious and a post-mortem examination will be carried out to established the exact cause of death.
Lancashire County Councillor Mark Perks, who is also club child welfare officer for Astley and Buckshaw Junior Football Club paid tribute to the tragic player.
He said: “Being involved with the football clubs in the area and knowing how much enjoyment local children get from playing football, I am really saddened to hear of a tragedy such as this.
“My thoughts, of course, go out to her family, friends and team mates who must just be devastated.”
Steve Flynn said as a mark of respect to Melissa, all Cadley FC games across the league are to be postponed both this coming Saturday and Sunday.”