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Trust pays tribute to Strike a Change Student Hamza

Friends and teachers of a much-loved former Trust participant are coming together later this month to pay a special tribute.

Hamza Alrimi passed away suddenly last December at aged 13, leaving all who knew this pupil at Coventry’s Sidney Stringer School shocked and deeply saddened.

Hamza, a talented and keen young footballer, had only recently joined the Cyrille Regis Legacy Trust’s “Strike A Change” cohort and was relishing his involvement in the mentoring programme.

And now his former teammates, coaches and friends have organised a special football match to compete for the inaugural Hamza Alrimi Trophy to raise funds towards a headstone.

Our chair Julia has accepted an invitation to present the trophy after the game between Sidney Stringer and neighbouring Coventry school Coundon Court on July 18.

“We know from all we have heard just what a special young man Hamza was and how his loss would have devastated his family and friends,” said Julia.
“It will be a privilege to attend and play a part in this tribute on behalf of the Trust.”

Hamza’s school football coach at Sidney Stringer, Lauren McNulty, said: “Hamza was a special student and a much-loved member of the Sidney Stringer community.

“He was a charismatic, bubbly and loving character who always put 100% into everything he did. Hamza was a keen footballer and adored representing both our Sidney Stringer school and his local team, Christ the King FC.

“Not only was Hamza a talented footballer, but he was also a student with an extremely kind heart and would often be the student who stayed behind to help with equipment or offered you his last square of chocolate. Hamza is remembered fondly for his acts of kindness and enthusiasm for learning, and his memory will live on.”