Emma Ley: 1981-2012
Tue 17 Apr 2012
BSUK's former Regional Development Manager for London and the South East, Emma Ley, died in her sleep on April 16 at the tragically young age of 31.
Emma brought a wholehearted commitment to everything she did, and played a key role in getting a range of youth and schools projects off the ground in London and the south of England during her time with BSUK. She started work for the agency in March 2008 and was employed through February 2012, but was unable to work after August 2010 due to illness.
Emma was also heavily involved in GB Softball programmes, as a player for the GB Women's Development Team, a coach for GB youth teams and as Team Manager for the GB Under-16s at European Championships in Holland in 2009. Many of those players will remember her with great fondness.
Emma played slowpitch softball for a number of teams, and her love and enthusiasm for the sport was obvious to everyone who worked and played with her.
Prior to joining BSUK, Emma had worked as a women's rugby coach with Teddington Rugby Club and with county and South England Under-15 squads, and as an Assistant Manager at a sports cub shop in West London. She held a BA (hons) degree in Physical Education in the Community from St Mary's University College in Twickenham and a BTEC National Diploma in Sports Science.
BSUK Joint CEO and Head of Operations Jenny Fromer said, “Emma was with BSUK for four years, but due to her health was only able to be active for two of those years. She had enormous passion and energy for working in baseball and softball, and highly valued her opportunity to do so. She made many friends in the organisation and amongst the community, and will be hugely missed by all of us.”