Youngsters devastated after clubhouse is vandalised

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YOUNG footballers are devastated after their clubhouse was vandalised and left looking “like a scene from Beirut”.

Volunteer officials at Carnforth Rangers FC, one of the oldest amateur football

clubs in the area with 200 child members, now have to raise up to £70,000 for new facilities.

The mindless louts wrecked the changing area, ripped off roof slates, smashed up toilets and ripped out plumbing. They even stolen the small nets and goalposts used by the club’s juniors.

Russell Pritchard, junior club chairman, told The Visitor: “It’s like a scene from Beirut. We’re trying to do something good for the community. We have all these people putting all this effort in and then they do this.”

Mum and volunteer, Julie Davey, said: “It’s absolutely scandalous. It has affected all of the children. They are so disappointed. It’s a disgrace.”

Now the clubhouse at Quarry Road in Carnforth has been condemned on health and safety grounds and will be demolished.

This means the 105-year-old club has nowhere for their 16 local league teams - made up of over 245 players including 200 children - to change, wash or use the toilet.”

See The Visitor (20-07-11) for full story.