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Junior football team in Burntwood launches fundraising appeal after new £1,500 goals are vandalised after just two days

A Burntwood junior football team has launched an appeal for help after their brand new goalposts were vandalised.

Some of the damage to the new goalposts at Midland Soccer Academy

Some of the damage to the new goalposts at Midland Soccer Academy

Midland Soccer Academy purchased the goals ahead of their new team starting the under 13 season next year.

But just days after being installed at their Cherry Close home, the £1,500 goalposts were wrecked by vandals.

The club’s vice chairman, Tom Gregory, said the damage was a “kick in the stomach” for players and coaches.

Some of the damage to the new goalposts at Midland Soccer Academy

Some of the damage to the new goalposts at Midland Soccer Academy

“Setting up a new team doesn’t come cheap and we rely on sponsorship and fundraising to be able to maintain the teams, including purchasing new equipment.

“We recently purchased some new football goals for the new team which the club managed to get the funds together to pay for and they were put together and onto the pitch a couple of weeks back.

“Unfortunately, the goals had been up no longer than two days before they were vandalised.

“This is a massive kick in the stomach as you can imagine and we now have no goals for the new team to use until we can get them repaired. This will not be free and will likely mean we have to use funds for tournaments and end of season experiences that was saved for other teams, so it has had a massive knock on effect for the whole of the club.”

Tom added that the money needed has gone beyond simply repairing or replacing the posts.

“On top of the cost of getting the goals fixed and suitable for use, we are looking at having to get some fencing to ensure the goals are safe and cannot be damaged in the future,” he said.

People can donate to the club’s appeal online.

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