We are deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Scunthorpe United’s Sam Tonge at his home on the morning of Friday 29th June, at the age of just 30.
Sam was a key member of the club’s Community Sport & Education Trust, managing the highly successful National Citizen Service scheme as well as being involved in a wide variety of community projects during his eight years working for the charitable organisation.
The Trust’s Community Manager, Scott Maxfield, said: “Sam was a well-loved colleague and friend to everyone at the Trust. His generosity, compassion and thoughtfulness were evident on a day-to-day basis. He always had time for everyone and he was proud of the NCS scheme which has grown from 60 participants to 405 this year under his management.
“Everyone connected with the Trust will miss him greatly and the Trust is a lesser place without him.”
The football club’s Chief Executive Officer, James Rodwell, added: “Losing someone so young is heart breaking for the family and our sincere condolences go out to them. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sam’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”
Mike Evans, Director of Operations, EFL Trust said: “We were deeply saddened to hear the news and our thoughts and prayers are with Sam’s family at this difficult time. Our team have been sharing fond memories of Sam as a compassionate, committed individual who will be sadly missed. Sam made a significant positive difference to the many young people he introduced to NCS in Scunthorpe.”