Boy, 9, killed after being struck by lightning during football practice named

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A boy who died after being struck by lightning while playing football in the park has been described as a "strong, determined and courageous young man".

Jordan Banks was hit by a bolt on a football field in Blackpool, Lancashire, just after 5pm on Tuesday, May 11.

He was taken to hospital for treatment, but tragically later died of his injuries.

Earlier on Wednesday, Spirit of Youth, a junior football club, said their members have been left "heartbroken" as they confirmed the horrific incident had occurred at their home ground. Jordan was not a player at the club.

In a heartfelt tribute to the schoolboy, his own team, Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club, have said the world has "truly lost an extraordinary young man", LancsLive reports.

A spokesman for the Clifton Rangers Junior Football Club said: "Jordan, of our U9 Bees, tragically passed away yesterday evening doing what he loved.

"Jordan was a shining light and an inspiration to everyone that he met. A strong, determined and courageous young man, who will be missed by everyone

"The world has truly lost an extraordinary young man, who had done so much good in his community

"We cannot begin to imagine the grief of the family. Our thoughts, prayers, love and hugs go out to them all and to his teammates, friends and coaches who are devastated by the loss.

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"The Club will be working with the FA to support the family and anyone touched by this tragedy and ensure they get the help they need."

Jordan, the middle child of three, was a massive Liverpool FC fan.

LancsLive reported in January this year how he had received a special message from one of his favourite LFC footballers, James Milner, after he ran a marathon in honour of a close family member who took his own life in 2018.

Flowers, football shirts and cards have been placed on the field in tribute to him.

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Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club paid a message of condolence after the tragic incident which happened on their home ground at Common Edge.

A spokesperson for Spirit of Youth Junior Football Club said: "It is with deepest regret that we have to report the news that the young boy who was struck by lightning earlier this evening has sadly passed away.

"The tragic incident happened on our home ground at Common Edge playing fields but it was not during a club training session.

"The young boy was not a Spirit of Youth player, but, Spirit of Youth is a family and we are entrenched in the local community, and we will give whatever support is required to both the family and to those that were with him at the time.

"We would ask that people respect the privacy of the family at this most tragic of times.

"Rest in peace young man."

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Det Supt Nick Connaughton of Lancashire Police said: "This is a truly devastating incident and our thoughts are wholeheartedly with the family and friends of the young boy, who has passed away, at this very sad and distressing time."

The force also previously confirmed Jordan's family are being supported by officers.

An appeal for witnesses and information is underway, police have confirmed.

Anybody with information about the incident, or who witnessed it and has not yet spoken to police, is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log 1169 of May 11.

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