Hibs Under-20s will wear shirts adorned with the logo of CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) as a tribute to David Paul, the club’s teenage academy prospect who died almost a year ago.
David, 18, a member of the under-20s squad, passed away in his sleep just a few days before Christmas last year after suffering from ischaemic heart disease. The club’s main sponsor, Marathonbet, felt it would be a fitting tribute to his memory to donate the shirt sponsorship to CRY for the remainder of their deal, which runs until the end of next season.
Marathonbet CEO Graham Luke said: “Donating the sponsorship of the Hibernian U-20 team’s shirt in memory of David was the least that we could do. David’s tragic story had an impact not only at Hibernian Football Club, but throughout the wider football family. We are proud to be able to make this small gesture for David’s family and particularly Cardiac Risk in the Young.”
David’s father, Gordon Paul, welcomed the news. He said: “On behalf of Helen and myself, we’d like to thank Marathonbet and Hibernian Football Club for their continued support following David’s sudden passing. We are overwhelmed and grateful for this generosity and also to everyone else whose efforts have helped to raise over £50,000 for The Jenni & David Paul Memorial Fund in support of the charity CRY.”
Club captain Liam Craig said: “David left a lasting impression on the football club; he was a talented footballer and an absolute gentleman – universally popular amongst his team-mates. Hopefully having CRY appear on the under-20 team’s shirts will help to raise awareness and also act as a constant reminder about what David still means to Hibernian.”
The aim of CRY, who are releasing a three-minute film today to raise awareness, is to work with cardiologists and family doctors to promote and protect the cardiac health of the young in the UK.
At half-time at last month’s Edinburgh derby, Hibs fan Andrew McBrierty played Marathonbet’s ‘Shoot the O’ Challenge and scored four times to raise £400 for CRY.