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Talented Schoolgirl Footballer Dies Suddenly Aged 17

07/11/2014 15:36 | Updated 20 May 2015

Talented Schoolgirl footballer dies suddenly aged 17

A talented teenage football player has died suddenly aged 17.

Schoolgirl Lydia Bennett, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, died on November 4 after collapsing at home just days after scoring her first goal for Burton Albion ladies team.

Lydia has been described as 'fighting fit' and a talented footballer. She trained four times a week and her sudden death has come as a huge shock to her family, friends and community.

She is not thought to have had any health issues.

Burton Albion has announced on its website that this Sunday's games for the women's first and development teams have been cancelled as a mark of respect.

Adam Smallman, head of football at Burton Ladies FC, told the Derby Telegraph: "Everyone at Burton Albion Ladies are saddened by the news of the loss of Lydia.

"Her love for football and her friendly character will be sadly missed by everyone around the club but she will not be forgotten. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends at this tragic time".

Nicola Mellor, female football lead at Burton Albion Community Trust added "Lydia was a very bubbly person who was adored by every member of the girls football and education programme. Lydia always put 100% effort into everything she did with the club."

The cause of Lydia's death is not yet known.

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