Bunwell football team gets support from teams after devastating fire

Damage at Bunwell Sports Hall, which was destroyed by fire. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

Damage at Bunwell Sports Hall, which was destroyed by fire. Picture: STUART ANDERSON - Credit: Archant

Football clubs in our region have rallied round to help save a village football team after a devastating fire badly damaged clubrooms.

Bunwell Sports Hall was badly damaged after a blaze ripped through the building which led to the club launching an appeal to raise £3,000 to replace the equipment, including goal nets, lost in the fire.

So far, at least £425 has been donated but if the money cannot be raised, it is believed the club may be forced to close.

A number of people from local football teams have donated money and left messages of support.

One person said: 'Shocking that someone would do this. I've passed the message on to everyone else at Brooke FC so hopefully some more lads will donate.'

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North Walsham donated £45 in match fees.

Ryan Wheeler, Bunwell AFC chairman, started the club with friends, Adam Guerrero and Luke Meaney, about two years ago, and they have been based at the sports hall, which had previously been unused, for the past 16 months.

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The club has 41 players and were getting established in the Norwich and District Sunday Football League.

The damage was discovered on the morning of Wednesday, October 26 and police believe the fire was started deliberately. Three fire crews attended the blaze. No one was hurt.

Anyone who knows anything about the fire should contact the police on 101.

To donate to the appeal, visit www.justgiving.com and search for Bunwell.

Are you fundraising for a good cause? Email rebecca.murphy@archant.co.uk

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