Academy tournament held in memory of Blake

The May bank holiday weekend saw West Bromwich Albion Academy hold its annual tournament to raise money for CLIC Sargent in memory of former player Blake Melbourne who was supported by the charity.

Academy tournament held in memory of Blake

Teams from across the academy took part, from under nines to under 16s as well as eight teams made up of coaches, ex-professionals and parents of the academy players.

Blake, who was supported by CLIC Sargent Social Worker Liz Morrey, died from cancer in September 2011.

His brothers, Jamie and Max, both of whom still play for the academy, were on hand at the tournament to give out medals to the winning teams, along with mum Ann and dad Carlton.

We run a tournament annually in memory of Blake and it is something that we are especially proud to do.

Matt Layton, academy operations manager, said: “All the boys love to be involved and to help raise money for a charity that helped one of their own.

"Blake was a fantastic role model to all young players at our academy and it is wonderful that we can help raise funds for a great cause”

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Anna Finnegan said: “You could really feel the sense of family and support on the day, as well as the spirit of competition. 

"We are so thankful to all at the academy for the hard work that has gone into arranging this tournament and to everyone who has donated so generously.”

If you would like to donate to CLIC Sargent in memory of Blake you can do so on the official Blake Melbourne JustGiving page.

Find out more

To find out more about how you can organise your own event for CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Anna Finnegan on 01509 672 395 or email: