Football contest marks one year of Joey’s death

ON THE BALL Alan Prew and friends of his late son Joey Prew, play in a charity football match in Gosport in memory of the 17-year-old. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (132366-1)
ON THE BALL Alan Prew and friends of his late son Joey Prew, play in a charity football match in Gosport in memory of the 17-year-old. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (132366-1)
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THE venue was surrounded by pictures of Joey Prew doing the things he loved – fishing, gardening, and of course football.

The 17-year-old died after falling from the bridge at Nimrod Drive in Rowner, Gosport and today marks the first anniversary of his death.

Yesterday, a football tournament was held in his memory.

The 17-year-old was a keen footballer and had played for Brune Park in the English schools national finals.

He had also played for the Spartan Colts, and was about to start an apprenticeship at Gosport Football Club when he died.

Because of his love for the sport, one of Joey’s friends, Jake Browning, 20, from Gosport, organised a tournament shortly after his death.

Now this year, Jake had support from community group Motiv8.

Eight teams took part in matches, at the event held at Gosport Borough Football Club.

In total 12 matches were played, with the winners taking home a cup named after him.

Joey’s mum Donna attended the event.

She said: ‘The whole day was very good.

‘He loved playing football, and was so passionate about it, so this was a positive way to remember him.

‘I loved the way there were pictures put up of Joey.

‘He was a part of Motiv8, and there were pictures of him climbing and gardening put around.

‘It’s great this is becoming an annual event.

‘It’s good to see how many people knew Joey and support the cause.’

Alongside the football, a raffle draw was also held.

Prizes included tickets for Fun City, Soccer City, Planet Ice and vouchers for Waterstones.

Kirsty Cremer, Gosport and Fareham services manager for Motiv8.

She said: ‘The whole day had a positive vibe.

‘Money raised from the day is going in to the Joey Prew memorial fund.

‘When it gets to about £2,000, we are going to give it away to various Gosport sporting groups to buy equipment.

‘The reason for this is because Joey loved sports.

‘Joey was really into football, and it’s all about keeping his memory going.’

Last year police confirmed the teenager’s death was not being treated as suspicious.

Joey’s family believe his death was a tragic accident.