Youngsters at a junior football team are devastated after thieves stole all of their equipment - just days before pre-season training starts.
Callous burglars broke into two containers at the home ground of Adwick Allstars and took up to £1000 worth of footballs, bibs, cones, netting and even a barbecue set.
Shocked coaches noticed the break-in when they went to check on the equipment at playing fields off Ridge Road, Highfields, on Friday ahead of pre-season training this week.
Donna Ashwell, child welfare officer at the club, said: “We are gutted and can’t believe that someone would do such a thing. Whoever has done this I don’t know how they can look at themselves in the mirror.” The 35-year-old, of Beaumont Avenue, Woodlands, added: “They are all good kids and just want to have fun in their spare time. These thieves have tried to rob them of this.
“It’s a heartless crime.”
Her son Keegan, captain of the under 11s team, said: “I can’t believe it. I thought they were joking when they first told me. I don’t know why someone would do this to us.”
Thieves gained access by cutting bolts on the two containers.
Club officials last checked the site at 3pm on Saturday, May 24, and believe the crime happened sometime between then and the early hours of Friday, May 30.
They took more than 70 footballs, up to 500 cones, 30 bibs, nets and a barbecue. More than 70 players represent the club across five teams, aged nine to 15.
Parents of team members had been raising money to buy tracksuits for the youngsters, but this will now be spent on replacing stolen equipment. The club said they would borrow footballs to ensure pre-season training goes ahead as planned.
Doncaster Police Superintendent Eddie Murphy said: “This is a disgraceful crime and I would urge anyone with information to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.”