A 13-year-old footballer has died after collapsing on the pitch while playing for Edinburgh youth side Tynecastle FC. Jamie Skinner had been playing in this morning’s game against Spartans at the Saughton 3G when he collapsed on the pitch.
A statement from Tynecastle FC released this afternoon, read: “A tragic event happened at Saughton Astro on Sunday 22nd December 2013, a young boy playing for the Under 14s, Jamie Skinner, playing the game he loved, lost his life on the pitch.
“In an innocuous event during the game Jamie collapsed and despite the valiant attempts of everyone at the game, and the ambulance service, attempts to revive him were sadly in vain.
“Although Jamie was new to our Tynecastle family, he had up until recently been playing for Hearts, he was a prospect that un-doubtly would have had a bright future in the game. No words can fully express our grief and dismay at seeing this happen, we can only pass on all our thoughts and prayers to friends and family and hope they will get some strength from the out pouring of love and support from everyone.
“Everyone at Tynecastle is in total shock at what has happened, and we are sure the youth football community will join with us in also thinking of all the players, coaches and supporters at the game who witnessed this sad event, and the club also thanks everyone who tried to assist.
“As a mark of respect all Tynecastle teams will hold a minutes silence before their next game.”
Scotzine would like to pass on our condolences to everyone at Tynecastle FC and to the friends and family of Jamie Skinner.