Ryan’s hockey tournament

2nd May 2017

Calling all hockey players from the south west – why not join us for a friendly, fun and fulfilling tournament in Bristol on Sunday 28 May and help knock meningitis into touch?

Hockey Tournament

Ryan’s Hockey Tournament, in memory of 16-year-old Ryan Bresnahan who died from meningitis in 2010, is taking place at Clifton College Sports Ground on Sunday 28 May.

Mixed teams of six-a-side minimum can enter a team for £10 a person, to include lunch.

All money raised will go to ‘a Life for a Cure’ the Bristol-based charity founded in Ryan’s name, which works closely with us to fight this devastating disease.

Since it launched, ‘a Life for a Cure’ is closing in on raising £500,000 towards vital vaccine research, campaigning for greater vaccine take-up, particularly among students, and raising awareness of the disease’s symptoms.

Everything Ryan would love

Ryan’s mother Michelle, founder of ‘a Life for a Cure’, said: “This was the very first event we organised following Ryan’s death and encompasses everything he would love - great hockey, competition, lots of fun and people of all ages joining together to play sport. Ryan was an exceptionally talented sportsman and had played hockey since he was a youngster.

“This event gets bigger and better each year. Last year there were over 300 players all in fancy dress and we hope for even more this year. Please come along and join in the fun for a great and vital cause.”

It all happened within an hour

Ryan, a sports scholar at Clifton College, was a fit and active teenager when he fell ill and died from meningitis B in March 2010.

“We had no notice or even time to say goodbye,” Michelle added. “It all happened within an hour.” 

Alongside the hockey there will be a prize for the best fancy dress at the tournament and throughout the day a BBQ, cakes and raffle will be available. The action starts at 10am with registration at 9.45am. Entry is free for spectators.

To enter a team email Emily Atkinson on emilyatkinson10@hotmail.com or Michelle Bresnahan on michellebres@btinternet.com To donate by phone text RYAN94 £1, £5 or £10 to 70070.

Thanks too to Burston Cook, Chartered Surveyors and Commercial Property Consultants in Bristol, for their sponsorship of the event.