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School flag flies at half mast in memory of Hornchurch hockey player

PUBLISHED: 11:41 11 December 2015 | UPDATED: 18:34 11 December 2015

Coopers Company and Coborn school

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The Coopers' Company and Coborn School flag has been lowered to half mast following the death of former pupil and games captain, Tom Wilson.

Tom Wilson in action for Old Loughtonians against former club Havering at Campion School last month (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)Tom Wilson in action for Old Loughtonians against former club Havering at Campion School last month (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Mr Wilson, 22, of Hornchurch, died on Wednesday following a “freak accident” at a training session for the Old Loughtonians Hockey Club, Luxborough Lane, Chigwell, on Tuesday evening.

Headteacher of Coopers’ School, Dr David Parry, said: “Tom Wilson was a much valued member of the Coopers’ family.

“He was a phenomenally talented sportsman and excelled at hockey.

“Tom’s capacity for leadership was recognised when he was elected as one of the school games captains in 2010.

“He relished the challenge and was instrumental in the success of his year’s Sports Presentation Evening with guests of honour Olympians Denise Lewis and Michelle Robinson.

“Tom’s quiet easy going manner hid a mischievous fun-loving young man whose zest for life impacted on so many of his friends and staff at the school.

“Tom Wilson embodied all that is special about Coopers’ Coborn School; his name will live on in our school community. His family Lisa, Graham and Pippa are in our thoughts and prayers.”

The school also paid tribute to Mr Wilson on its Facebook page.

The tribute says: “It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Tom Wilson, former student and games captain died yesterday following a dreadful accident.

“Tom died playing hockey, the sport that he loved; he was hit on the head in a training match and despite the very best care, lost his life yesterday afternoon.

“Tom’s lasting legacy will be that by donating his organs he has helped save the lives of many others.

“The School flag is flying at half mast in his memory today.”

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