Vandals damage clubhouse used by South Yorkshire junior footballers

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Vandals caused hundreds of pounds of damage to a clubhouse used by young South Yorkshire footballers.

They broke into Rawmarsh St Joseph’s clubhouse on Stubbin Lane, Rawmarsh, by forcing open metal shutters.

The culprits smashed a double glazed window and let off fire extinguishers inside the building - covering the fixtures and fittings with foam.

They also kicked their way through a store room door to steal around £700 worth of stock for the club house cafe.

Cupboard doors were ripped off and tabled were thrown around the room.

A petrol grass strimmer was also stolen in the raid.

Police officers investigating the raid are examining CCTV footage in the hope of identifying those behind the raid.

Club chairman Derek Brice said: “It was a real knock back for the club, we are all working people and nearly all our spare time is spent looking after the ground and clubhouse.

“The goods and equipment have to be replaced and we have to find the money to do this. This may mean the kids will have to do without some essential equipment but we will carry on and hopefully weather permitting there will be football this weekend.

“All the work done at our club is done by volunteers and we have 14 teams ranging from u6 to u16 so that’s about 200 kids we have to look after. We have spent a lot of our spare time upgrading the clubhouse last summer - it was completely repainted inside and out.

“We live in a deprived area of Rotherham and the club is one of the only outlets that is still running. We are really gutted about what has happened but we can’t let these people get the better of us.”

Anyone with information about the raid on Monday should call police on 101.