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Kyle Rees's school 'devastated' by his death

Kyle Rees Credit: ITV Meridian

The death of a 16-year-old Dorset schoolboy after being hit by a hockey ball thrown by another pupil was a tragic accident, an inquest jury has found.

Kyle Rees was hit on the head at close range and with full force by the practice ball in the playground of Portchester School in Bournemouth, thrown by a friend as boys threw balls and other objects at each other in a "playful ball fight".

In a statement for the school, Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, executive headteacher of Avonbourne Trust, said: “Everyone at the school was devastated when Kyle died.

“And we want to assure his family that he will not be forgotten and we will always be here for them.

“The school takes its duty of care towards all our children very seriously and always will.

“Kyle’s memory will live on at the school. We have installed a memorial bench and an annual award for ‘promise in sport’ has been renamed the Kyle Rees Award.

“He was a very popular young man with an infectious personality that will remain in the memory of all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Kyle was also an extremely talented cook and showed so much promise.

“This was an awful, tragic event and I want to reassure Kyle’s mum and dad that staff who personally knew him were with him all the time, no one ever left his side – right up to when he was taken into hospital and his mum could be there. We were there talking to him and holding his hand.

“Some of our students, who were Kyle’s closest friends, wanted to show their thanks to Southampton General Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, which cared for Kyle.

“They have been raising hundreds of pounds by selling special tribute wristbands.

“When something like this happens in any community you become acutely aware of how precious life is. But the unique preciousness of a young life is something that will never be forgotten by any of us who have been touched by Kyle’s tragic passing."


Jury retires in inquest of schoolboy killed by cricket ball

16 year old Kyle Rees died after being hit on the side of the head with a cricket ball. Credit: ITV Meridian

The jury is considering its verdict in the inquest into the death of a schoolboy hit by an indoor cricket ball.

16 year old Kyle Rees died after being hit on the side of the head at Portchester School, now renamed Harewood College, in Bournemouth in February.

The school's executive head teacher said she had no idea where the ball had come from as it wasn't used for PE at the school.

Funeral after playground death

Kyle Rees died after being hit in the playground Credit: ITV Meridian

The funeral of a teenager who died after he was struck by a cricket ball will be held today. 16 year old Kyle Rees died following the accident in the playground of Portchester School in Bournemouth last month.


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Father's Tribute

The father of Kyle Rees who died following an incident at Portchester School in Bournemouth, has issued this tribute.

John Rees said: “On behalf of myself, Kyle’s step mum, grandparents and family, we would like to thank everybody for all the support and love which has been shown for my son.

“He was so loved by everyone and he was such a special boy.

“Words are not enough to describe how desperately he will be missed.

“Kyle will always be in our hearts forever.”