Hundreds of footballers to take part in tournament in memory of hero James

Sharren McGrory , James' mum Kerry Ashworth, Liam Black and Kevin King of S&L FC
Sharren McGrory , James' mum Kerry Ashworth, Liam Black and Kevin King of S&L FC
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More than 300 players will be taking part in a fundraising football tournament in memory of Lance Corporal James Ashworth of Corby who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross after he was killed in action in Afghanistan last June.

The event is being held at S&L football club, off Occupation Road, from midday on Saturday, July 20.

Lance Cpl Ashworth’s mum Kerry said: “Last year’s event was a huge success and we’re hoping it will be even better this time. It will be a great family day out and I hope everyone will come along and support it.”

The event will start with a welcome by Corby mayor, Cllr Judy Caine. Also in attendance with be Corby MP Andy Sawford, members of the Ashworth family, representatives from Tata Steel and, it is hoped, from James’ former regiment, the Grenadier Guards.

The tournament has been organised by James’ best friends Liam Black and David Miller, Gerry Reilly, Kev King and John Davies of S&L Football Club.

As well as the tournament, there will be four bands and two DJs providing music and a bouncy castle and other attractions for children, as well as food outlets.

Mr Reilly said: “We would like to say thank-you to all the people who have helped us organise the tournament, especially Quantum Print, Bailey’s Skip Hire, Lexi Laundry, S&L Football Club and Teamwork Sports who have provided the tournament trophy.

“We have had a tremendous response and excellent support from local businesses.

“We hope everyone will come along on the day and enjoy themselves.”

A football tournament was held last year in James’ memory and £6,000 was raised for charity.

This year organisers are hoping to reach the £7,000 mark.

Proceeds will go to Help for Heroes and Blesma, the British Limbless Ex-servicemen’s Association.