Teachers have paid tribute to a 12-year-old boy killed in a freak accident while he watched football.
Oliver Croker - known as Olly - was hit in the head while watching a match in Bradninch, near Exeter.
Staff at Tiverton High School in Devon today described him as a "very knowledgable and sparky lad", and a keen rugby plater with "high hopes" for his future.
In describing Olly, the first words that come to mind are that he was the life and soul of the party; a larger than life character, brimming with confidence, with an eagerness and enthusiasm for taking part in all aspects of school life.
His youthful vibrancy and curiosity about life shaped his whole character.
He was a very knowledgeable and sparky lad with his finger on the pulse of what was going on at school, in the local community and beyond.
He was multi-talented and we had high hopes for his future. Olly was a keen sportsman and represented THS at rugby and even played up an age group.
Our thoughts and wishes are with Olly’s parents and brothers.
A support team of counsellors had been made available to help anyone who needed support in the coming days, the school added.
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