Football coach, 21, fell to death from club fire escape, inquest hears
University football coach, 21, plunged to his death from nightclub fire escape as he tried to climb back inside after he was kicked out for being too drunk, inquest hears
- Alfie Woollett, 21, was ordered to leave the Kings nightclub in Cardiff
- He tried to get back in by climbing over the fire escape, an inquest heard
A ‘bubbly’ university football coach who had an ‘infectious smile’ plunged to his death from a nightclub fire escape while trying to get into a fancy dress party, an inquest heard.
Keen sportsman Alfie Woollett, 21, had been out drinking with friends when they went to the fancy dress party together – but he was ordered to leave the Kings nightclub in Cardiff by security because he was too drunk.
Alfie, who coached football at Cardiff Met University, tried to get back in by climbing over the fire escape during the incident in March last year, the inquest heard.
The alarm was raised when he ‘lost his footing’ and crashed to the ground at the back of the popular gay bar.
The inquest heard emergency services rushed to the scene but Alfie, of Looe, Cornwall, was pronounced dead.
Keen sportsman Alfie Woollett, 21, had been out drinking with friends when they went to the fancy dress party together
A post mortem revealed the student suffered a traumatic head injury.
Toxicological results showed he was more than four times the legal drink-drive limit. The inquest heard it was ‘a level which in itself can be fatal’.
Assistant coroner for South Wales Central Dr Sarah-Jane Richards issued a formal conclusion of an alcohol-related death with a medical cause of death of traumatic head injury under the influence of alcohol.
She said: ‘He had attended a fancy dress evening at the Kings nightclub, Cardiff, with friends however was excluded from the club due to his intoxication.
‘Mr Woollett then attempted to climb the fire escape at the rear of the premises whereupon he lost his footing and fell sustaining traumatic head injuries from which he did not survive. Life was declared extinct at the scene at the rear of the Kings nightclub.’
Alfie’s team, Looe Town Football Club, held a memorial match for him in May with more than 150 fans paying tribute.
Cardiff Met University, where he coached, and Cardiff University also held a minute’s silence days after his death.
Alfie was ordered to leave the Kings nightclub in Cardiff by security because he was too drunk
The ‘respected and loved’ son fell to his death outside a nightclub in Cardiff as he scaled a fire escape
‘His infectious smile, bubbly personality, competitive nature, skill, and determination made him a player that all respected and loved’
Looe Town club chairman Pete Lewis said in a statement: ‘As a community, a club, as teams, and as individuals we are devastated to hear of the passing of Alfie Woollett, one of our own.
‘Alfie played for the club for many years, firstly as a youth player and then as a member of the men’s team.
‘His infectious smile, bubbly personality, competitive nature, skill, and determination made him a player that all respected and loved. We remember a great team player – you were one of the greatest and we will all remember you as your family will; such a lovely person.
‘The entire family have been a huge part of our football community for many years and have been an incredible support to the club. Our thoughts are with the family at this most difficult time and our love, strength, and support go out to them all.’
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