Yorkshire Meds Marbles Team 

Tribute to a special player

Akil Tata was one of our key players since our first game/participation in 2004. In January 2018 we lost Akil through a sudden heart attack

 Akil  has been with the Yorkshire Meds from the first game in 2004 to the 2017 championships. Akil Tata passed away at the age of 76 years old. He was  a four-time British & World champion.  He was also known as Papi Akil (Papi being the nickname for grand-dad in French)

Akil (2008)
Akil (2008)
Akil (2006)
Akil (2006)

He was very passionate about marbles and the tournament. He made his annual travel to the UK to coincide with the tournament and came around four weeks in advance. He took pleasure in explaining to the UK border control officers (when asked purpose of the visit) "I am also coming to participate in the World marbles championships". He was very keen on training and enjoyed the afternoon training & coffee sessions with the team & family/friends.

Akil (training Leeds, 2008)
Akil (training Leeds, 2008)
Akil (2011)
Akil (2011)

He also built a full size marbles ring in his house in Algiers in 2010 and got the grand children to play following the tournament rules.