A Sheffield business is pulling out all the stops to lend a hand to a junior football club left devastated by a break-in.
Mosborough FC, which has several youngsters’ football teams, may not be able to continue after all of its kit including football nets, training cones and several bags of footballs - was taken by thieves.
The club’s storage unit at the old Westfield School building on Westfield Terrace, Mosborough, was broken into after the offenders used a pair of bolt cutters to cut through a welded window frame.
The club’s manager admits the group will be ‘struggling’ unless something can be done to replace the items taken in the burglary, which was reported to police on Monday, March 9.
However, businesswoman Sharron Naseby, who runs tanning salon 2 Ways 2 Tan on High Street, Mosborough, read about the club’s plight in The Star and has set up a fundraising campaign to help out.
She said: “I think the first thing they need is some nets, if they don’t have any then they can’t play their home games.
“We are a local business and wanted to offer our support.
“We want to do some fundraising and try to get them back on their feet again.
“My son is aged 21, and plays for Mosborough adults.
“He was absolutely gutted when he came home and said ‘you won’t believe what’s happened’ about the burglary.”
Richard Turton, manager of the club’s under-15s team, said: “The storage unit contained all the equipment the club uses to train its teams, as well as host home games.
“Training equipment, cones, football nets in bags, poles, bags full of footballs.
“There were six sets of nets in bags, which were new, and they have all gone.
“We have a big container which is used to store all the equipment.
“There is a window frame which has two padlocks on it and they have just cut a large hole through.
But Mrs Naseby is determined to help the club – which this season expanded the number of junior teams it runs – get back on its feet.
She said: “We have collection boxes in the store and are running a big raffle for Easter.
“We are hoping that other businesses are going to chip in.
“Richard has put a lot of effort into giving the kids something to get up for.”