Hockey tournament in honour of murdered Florida men

By Kevin Unitt 13/08 Updated: 17/08 09:48

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Buy photos » Hampton Lucy tennis coach James Cooper, 25, was shot dead along with Northampton friend James Kouzaris, 24, while the pair were on holiday in Florida last year. (s)

A HOCKEY tournament at Warwick School on Sunday (August 19) will raise cash for the charity set up to honour murdered friends James Cooper and James Kouzaris.

Always a Chance was launched after the men were gunned down while on holiday in Florida in 2011 and aims to tackle youth violence in the UK.

The tournament will run from 1pm to 6pm and is set to be a hotly contested affair between teams representing Warwick School Old Boys, Stratford Hockey Club, Warwick Hockey Club and Coventry & North Warwickshire Hockey Club.

It has been organised by Rob Pomfret and Emma Clarke, both of whom grew up playing tennis with James Cooper, a tennis tutor who lived in Hampton Lucy.

Rob said: “James loved his sport so it’s only fitting that we should look to hold events in his memory that reflect this passion.”

The tournament is being sponsored by Leamington-based surveyors Reeves & Partners.

Managing director Richard Pomfret said: “We’re pleased to be lending our support to such a worthwhile cause.

“The tragic deaths of James and James touched so many people’s lives, and it’s testament to the strong bonds of friendship that Always a Chance has been set up in their memory to help support young adults and steer them away from a life of violent crime.”

Visit www.alwaysachance.org.uk to donate or for more information.

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