On Saturday 31 March, Sidcup RFC will field a team consisting of Dami's Academy squad members playing against his old school team, Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School, each squad extending to over 25 players as so many want to support the family of Oluwadamiloa 'Dami' Odeyingbo and remember their popular 18-year old mate who lost his life to knife crime earlier this year.
Dami had played for the school and for Sidcup since the age of 12. While morning the death of the friend the young players want to celebrate his life and the memories they shared with him and make this event a day he and his family would be proud of. They also want to raise money to cover the cost of Dami's funeral.
The match programme says: "Players on both sides know how strong the bond between team mates can be. It is unique and it is a bond that lasts a lifetime."
Talking of Dami's 'incredible talent' it adds: "Dami could change a game in an instant with one moment of brilliance. However, that's not the main reason we all enjoyed having Dami as a teammate. His role off the pitch was just as significant. His sense of humour lit up the changing room, his smile and upbeat energy would lift any low spirits and he gave his all when asked."
Remembering Dami, players contributed their thoughts. Harry Jones wrote: "Dami was the best and most talented rugby player I have had the privilege to play alongside. He was as great to be around off the pitch as he was on the pitch by never failing to put a smile on everyone's face. Rest in peace mate." Joss Barber adds: "I'll never forget the time Dami got over half the opposition at sevens and handed me the ball under the posts so I could make 100 points for the season, which really summed him up as a person, talented and selfless, I'll miss you dearly mate".
For further information or to help with fund raising contact Sidcup RFC on DamisDay@sidcuprfc.co.uk or click here to visit Dami's fund raising page.
Updated 03:04 - 6 Mar 2018 by Ian Anderson