Netball tournament in memory of teammate

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Pictured are members of the Elmdon Netball Club
Back row: Ellie McClean, Morgan Bodfish, Georgia Thompson, Chloe Houghton, Emily Bache Front row: Aoife, Emily Wilson, Jess and Hannah Bell

Elmdon Netball Club are hosting their annual tournament in memory of former teammate Aoife O’Connor, who died aged just 14 from a brain tumour.

The Solihull schoolgirl was a big part of the club, both on and off the court, and even managed to fulfil her dream of becoming coach before her untimely death in October 2012.

Selfless Aoife spent the last months of her life tirelessly fundraising for various charities.

Her charitable efforts prompted her teammates to organise a netball tournament last year to celebrate her memory and raise funds and awareness for The Brain Tumour Charity.

After the success of the 2013 Netball Festival, the club have decided to hold another charity tournament on Sunday June 29 at Lode Heath School.

Club spokeswoman Liz Bodfish said: “Aoife was a big part of Elmdon Netball Club both on and off the court and her memory remains that way too.

“We can’t do it without your help so get in touch if you want to take part on the day or make your donation here to play your part behind the scenes.”

Games will be held between 10am and 4pm and all teams must register their players.

For more information visit or for an entry form email