A TOURNAMENT in memory of a Kidderminster schoolboy who died in a crash saw 14 teams compete for the Matty Thacker Shield.

Students from schools across the county descended on Winterfold School on January 22 for the annual football competition held to remember 10-year-old Matty Thacker, who was killed in 2007.

The tournament has grown in popularity over the years and Matty's mum Susie, who attends every event, said she was "touched" by the turnout to celebrate her son's life.

Speaking on the day, she said: "It was a wonderful afternoon. It is so great to see the team spirit and friendship between all the boys and their supporters.

Kidderminster Shuttle:

"It seems to get bigger every year. I truly appreciate all the hard work and the effort of all the staff to make it such a success.

"I am always touched by the way everyone remembers and celebrates Matty’s life.

"It’s difficult to express how it makes me feel, suffice to say I feel loved and comforted by being with everyone - still part of the Winterfold family.”

A total of 51 matches were played and both Winterfold teams performed well, with the Colts A winning their semi-final on penalties before losing the cup final to RGS the Grange.

Matty was in year six at Winterfold School when he died. His father John, aged 43, also died in the crash.