Hughsie FC was set up in 2010 in memory of Adam Hughes who in May 2009, who sadly died from a little known little known and cruel case of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) – SADS is when someone dies suddenly following a cardiac arrest and no obvious cause can be found.
Raising money whilst enjoying the beautiful game
The club are one of the Country’s leading charity clubs in the footballing community, with their primary focus to raise money for charity through football. Win Lose or Draw the focus is for players enjoy the occasion and raise as much money and awareness for the charity as they can.
The team was set up by Phil Skayman, in memory of Adam and to raise money for charity and community groups: Phil commented.
“Adam Hughes was a real inspiration amongst his fellow football players and friends. He was such a great lad on and off the field that even those who only met him briefly still fondly remembered him. He was kind, passionate, a little crazy but a real genuinely lovely guy. He was very fit and active and had no underlying health problems until he was cruelly taken away from us with this rare heart condition.”
To date the club have raised over £30,000 for Charity and community groups including SADS UK: the cardiac charity informs the public and health professionals of symptoms of Heart Conditions that can cause a Sudden Arrhythmic Death (SADS) if not detected and treated. The charity donates cardiac equipment and defibrillators in the community and supports research into SADS.
Winning games and gaining recognition
Hughsie has won 24 league titles and 15 different cups across various formats of football in Lincolnshire and beyond. The club now has 3 competitive adult teams with over 100 players across the squads. All 3 teams are affiliated with the Lincolnshire FA and the club is proud to have recently become FA Accredited. They have also been shortlisted for 5 different football/community awards and won one of these which was a very prestigious Lincolnshire community award.
The club aim to create an environment where football can be played and enjoyed by all, regardless of age, gender or ability. There are plans to continue to grow the club within grass roots and the local community with more teams and age groups to come.
Find out more about life saving support – from performing CPR and how to use a defibrillator on Buddle.