Sports hall named in honour of Tunisia terror attack victim

Sports hall in hometown of 19-year-old who died in this summer’s Tunisia terror attack to be named in his honour

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Scene of a shooting in Sousse, Tunisia,

Joel Richards, 19, the teenage victim of the Tunisia terror attack will have an eight million euro sports centre named in his honour, in his hometown.

Richards was gunned down along with his uncle Adrian Evans, 49, and grandfather, 78, in June, while on holiday in the Tunisia’s coastal city Sousse.

The sports centre in Wednesbury will bear Joel Richards’ name when it opens later this year. The leisure centre will be equipped with a 25-metre pool, a learner pool, two dance studios and 100-station fitness suite.

Richards’s mother Suzy, who also lost her father and brother in the massacre, said that "mom, Owen and me feel very honoured and proud that they have chosen to name the new sports centre after Joel.”

She continued to add, “Joel was a very talented and inspirational young man who had the world at his feet. He spent a lot of time volunteering within the community, encouraging and teaching young people all types of sports."

Richards was a student at the town’s Stuart Bathurst and Wood Green schools, was a keen sportsman and promising football referee.

His uncle, Evans, was manager of the council’s gas service.

Council Deputy Leader Steve Eling said that "the dreadful events at Sousse are still fresh in all our memories. The victims will never be forgotten.

"We want to do what we can to honour them. Naming the new hall after Joel will be a fitting tribute to a young man for whom sport played such a big part in life."

TRTWorld and agencies