Free health checks in honour of Angels’ Junior Dian

    TRAGIC LOSS Junior Dian died on the pitch in 2015

    YOUNG people in Tonbridge are being encouraged to sign up for a free heart screening next month.
    The sessions are being provided by Tonbridge Angels Football Club for the second year running.
    They were started in July 2015 after Junior Dian, aged 24, collapsed on the pitch and died during a pre-season friendly at Whyteleafe FC due to undetected cardiac problems.
    Seven years before, Angels’ Under-18 player Jack Maddams, 17, also died from an undetected heart condition.
    Club spokesman Jim Rowe said: “Following Junior’s death we all believed that enough was enough; none of us who witnessed one of our players fighting for his life on a football pitch, despite the best endeavours of both club physios, ever wished to witness such an event again.
    “Through the Football Fightback fundraising initiative £30,408 has been raised to date by voluntary donations to fund the cost of heart screenings for young people.”
    The screenings will take place at the club’s Longmead Stadium on Darenth Avenue on February 18-19 for those aged 14 to 35.
    Places must be booked in advance. To sign up, visit www.testmyheart.org