Max McMullen: Tributes to rising rugby star who died after falling from window on school exchange trip to Spain

Bronwen Weatherby
Max Mcmullen

Tributes have been paid to a promising rugby player who died during a school exchange trip to Spain.

Max McMullen, who was a member of Bath Rugby's academy, died in the "tragic incident" while in Cordoba, southern Spain.

According to reports the 15-year-old, who attended Beechen Cliff School in Bath, died after falling from a window in a block of flats on the evening of October 20.

A spokesman for Bath Rugby said: "It is with heartfelt sadness we share the news that Max McMullen, a young man who is in our academy, tragically passed away this weekend.

"Our thoughts are with Max's family and friends at this deeply sad time.

"Max joined the academy last season as an U15, having spent time previously in our developing player programme here in Bath.

"He was a popular member of our academy group, a young man that we saw develop both on and off the field during his time with us.

"He was a truly promising young player, whose love for the game was clear for us all to see.

"We feel lucky as a club to have been able to support Max on his rugby journey in recent seasons, and this news is something that everyone in the academy feels deep sadness about.

"As a club we will do all we can to support Max's family and teammates both now and in the future.

"Max was a huge part of our academy and he will always be a part of our club."

Alun Williams, chief executive of the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership, said: "It has been reported to the school and the trust that a tragic incident has occurred during a school exchange visit.

"At this point we do not have any further details and we are working closely with the local authority and other authorities."

He added: "Further to our statement yesterday, neither Beechen Cliff School or the British police have received any further factual information from the Spanish authorities in relation to the tragic death of a Year 11 pupil.

"Clearly our thoughts are with the family and friends of the pupil concerned."

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman added: "We are supporting the family of a British teenager following his death in Cordoba in Spain."