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Football coach pays tribute to tragic Jack

BRIGHT FUTURE ... Jack Burden (front, far left) with his Mortimer FC teammates. Coach Kris Wallace (far right) has paid tribute to him.

BRIGHT FUTURE ... Jack Burden (front, far left) with his Mortimer FC teammates. Coach Kris Wallace (far right) has paid tribute to him.

 

THE football coach of tragic Jack Burden says he had a bright future ahead of him.

Jack, who played for South Shields-based Mortimer FC, died on Tuesday while on a school trip in Tanzania.

The 18-year-old, from South Shields, was working on a charity project to build sports facilities for a school in the East African country when he died from a severe allergic reaction.

Jack and his classmates from Harton Technology College, were on the trip with expedition company True Adventure.

Despite receiving immediate first aid and treatment with EpiPens - an emergency treatment for anaphylaxis - he could not be resuscitated.

Team coach Kris Wallace said: “Jack was a fantastic young man with such a bright future ahead of him.

“He’d always give you his all on the football field and would never let any of his team mates down. His parents couldn’t have raised a more polite man.

“Jack was more of a younger brother to me than a member of the squad and he will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of crossing paths with him.”

Twitter: @ShieldsGazVicki

 

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