Hereford & Worcester

Hagley schoolboy dies during rugby match

A Worcestershire schoolboy has died after collapsing during a rugby match in Kidderminster.

Luke Chapman, 15, from Haybridge High School in Hagley, was taken by air ambulance to Birmingham Children's Hospital at 16:30 GMT on Tuesday.

He was taking part in a game against Kidderminster's Baxter College.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said crews arrived to find the boy was not breathing and CPR was being performed by members of the public.

'Devastating impact'

Caroline Hoddinott, head teacher at Haybridge High School, said: "Luke was a much-loved son, grandson, friend and student and we will miss him very much.

"Our focus now is to help family, friends and our whole community through this difficult time."

Tributes have also been paid to the 15-year-old on social network sites Facebook and Twitter.

One former coach described him as "a cracking lad", who "never failed to make me laugh".

Worcester Warriors RFC said it had a "close relationship" with Haybridge High's rugby team.

A spokesman for the premiership club said: "Our immediate thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.

Image caption Haybridge High School's head teacher said Luke would be missed very much

"We would also like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to his school friends, his rugby club and the team they were playing.

"Such sad news has a devastating impact on everyone involved in rugby and the news of such a tragic loss has devastated our entire rugby community."

'Life support'

Baxter College, which was hosting the rugby match, held a minute's silence to mark the teenager's death.

The college said its thoughts and prayers were with his family and all at Haybridge High.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "Ambulance crews took over resuscitation attempts and advanced life support was carried out at the scene.

"The boy was transferred to Birmingham Children's Hospital by air ambulance for further emergency treatment.

"Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews and hospital staff, nothing could be done to save the boy and he passed away shortly after arriving at hospital."

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