Footballers compete in Adam Redfern Memorial Tournament to raise money for fund
By Molly Lee
More than 300 people competed in a football tournament in Beaumont Park last Saturday in memory of De Montfort University (DMU) graduate and colleague, Adam Redfern.
The event successfully managed to raise close to £2,000 for the Adam Redfern Memorial Fund.
The fund was set up by his parents, Ian and Christine Redfern, after Adam’s tragic death from cardiac arrest in March 2021.
Throughout the sunny and warm day, participants and spectators enjoyed the football whilst remembering Adam and his legacy.
Ian, Adam’s father, said: “There has been some great competition in the right spirit.”
The Adam Redfern Memorial Trophy for serious footballers was won by Graham St Prims FC who beat Rushcliffe FC 2-0.
Leicester City in the Community Staff beat ITH Zoo (a team of DMU alumni) in a penalty shootout, winning the Community Cup.
The Walking Football for people aged 50+ was won by Corby Town who beat Aylestone 4-3 on penalties.
Jordan Lee Brown, one of the Dishley Rangers footballers, said: “It has been a really nice day out to be fair, I like the fact that there are hundreds and hundreds of people here, obviously all for a good cause.”
The tournament brought together football teams from across Leicester, consisting of people who knew Adam personally and those who have heard of his legacy since his passing.
Mr Redfern added: “The event proved to be one that Christine and I will long and fondly remember.
“Adam loved football, so to have over 300 people in one place, playing the game in celebration of his life, was truly fitting.
“We are sure he would have been watching over the event with a smile.”
Adam’s parents plan to hold the tournament again in 2024, on the same weekend in May.