Theft heartbreak for football kids
MEMBERS of a soccer club have been left heartbroken after thieves broke into their clubhouse and took five bags of playing strips - including uniforms used by the junior teams.
Bingera Football Club treasurer Barbara Roselt said the loss was discovered by their groundsman on Friday morning when he arrived to tend to the field. He found the clubhouse was wide open.
Ms Roselt said they believed the break-in happened either Wednesday or Thursday last week.
As well as the uniforms, the thieves also made off with a DVD player, equipment and balls, soft drinks, ice blocks and a small amount of money.
“At the moment we don’t have any strips and we don’t have the money to replace them,” Mrs Roselt said.
“We got sponsors this year to replace them for the first time in five years.”
This marks the third time this year the clubhouse has been damaged, but the first time anyone has been able to enter the building.
Sharon Anderson, who plays in the open women’s side, also coaches daughter Naomi’s under-7 side, which was one of the teams to have its playing strips stolen.
“The kids are really shocked. They’re wondering what they’re going to be wearing next season,” she said.
“Naomi’s just devastated that the No. 10 shirt she wears every week is no longer there.”
Mrs Anderson said she could not understand what the thieves would do with the uniforms.
“They’re of no value to anyone. They can’t sell them, they can’t wear them,” she said.
“But now we have to go out and fundraise to buy things we shouldn’t have to replace.
“We’re not well off, we’re not backed by a big sports club and we do have to work hard for our money.”
Football Bundaberg chairman Greg Bath said it was disappointing to see strips gone.
“The club volunteers work very hard to raise funds for the strips and to run football for juniors at a low cost,” he said.
“I just hope the people who did steal the strips give them back undamaged.”
Bundaberg police attended the clubhouse and are investigating.