A Tribute To Ben Crawford

Minsthorpe Community College

Staff and students at Minsthorpe Community College have been devastated to learn of the death of our former student, Ben Crawford, whilst on holiday with friends in Ibiza. Our thoughts, condolences and love go out to his family and friends.

Ben was a lovely young man who touched the lives of all who knew him. He was a great sportsman and boxed at the College for 5 years. He was also an extraordinary rugby player and played for the College rugby team from Year 8 when we first discovered the huge talent that he had. He was always so tough, funny and a great lad and his scholarship at Castleford Tigers showed his character and the calibre of player he had become. The last match he played for the College was as part of the team that was victorious in the Yorkshire final.

Ben had an infectious personality and was always in high spirits, great to be around and loved to laugh, joke and have fun with his friends. Ben had a very large friendship group in which he will be dearly missed. Further to this, an even closer bond with his rugby mates, more so a brotherhood. Ben was a naturally talented athlete with a tough and strong exterior on the field. Off the field a caring lad who looked out for his family and loved spending time with his mates who shared the same interests in rugby, socialising and music.

He was thoughtful and kind and had a cheeky side that always made others smile. He was also full of fun and had a zest for life – we will never forget the time the year when he dressed up as Wonder Woman for Sports Day!

Ben was respectful, he always treated others well and was highly thought of by everyone that met him. He made a huge impact on his local community, many of whom will keenly feel his loss.

We have created spaces in the College today for staff and students who have been affected by the sad news to go and talk and, tomorrow, our KOOTH counsellor will also be available to listen and to talk.

No words are enough to express our sadness at the loss of such a young life, one that was so full of promise and potential.