Football club targeted by vandals three times in six months
A Warwickshire grassroots football club has been the target of vandals three times since November. The latest incident saw someone break in and punch holes in the goal post nets, rendering them useless.
Southam United is a local institution dating back to the turn of the last century, currently providing gaming opportunities to hundreds of local people, mostly young children. But for some reason unknown to the volunteers, they are the target of vandals.
Club secretary Amanda Woolley said club volunteers wondered why anyone would bother to cause so much senseless damage. The latest incident has forced them to dip into their own pockets to buy new nets to allow games to continue uninterrupted.
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Amanda told CoventryLive: “The first was in November at the clubhouse, they were graffitiing the walls and stealing stuff from the bar, it was really upsetting and distressing. Then at the start of the year our goals were exceeded.
“This weekend we arrived at the club to find the doors open. We realized that the center of each net had been cut. They should have used a knife or scissors, and what they cut was simply thrown into a hedge.
“I don’t see any reason why anyone would do that. We support 300 players, of all different ages, young up-and-coming referees, who often started with us playing in the youth groups, we just can’t. They’re directly affecting kids who just want to play football.
“We volunteers happily give so much time for the club and for the children, when this to happen is heartbreaking. We just don’t get it.
Amanda says the club has received incredible support and backing, from the locals, the football league and even a rival team. The club is now holding a fundraiser to replace the nets and improve safety at the club.
Amanda said: “We were amazed by the number of people who offered support, we also received nets. The people, the league and other teams, were lovely.
“We have had offers for nets from Jane Connolly of Coventrians Stockton FC for the use of their facilities and Leamington Brakes. We have also been contacted by an individual who had nets. Now hopefully we can collect funds and improving security here.”
If you would like to make a donation to support the club, you can do so here.
A Warwickshire Police spokesman said: “Police were made aware of a report of damage to a football pitch on Banbury Road in Southam shortly after 9am on Sunday (20 March). Overnight, a gate and a number of football nets were vandalized. Investigations are ongoing and anyone who witnesses suspicious activity is asked to call 101 quoting Incident 90 of March 20.”