Hundreds of pounds raised in just one day for Yarmouth football club after travellers move in

Travellers on the Barnard Bridge sports field which is used by Great Yarmouth High School and local

Travellers on the Barnard Bridge sports field which is used by Great Yarmouth High School and local football teams.Photograph was taken on Thursday morning.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Generous donations have poured in for a football club, whose equipment has been allegedly damaged by travellers in Yarmouth.

Travellers on the Barnard Bridge sports field which is used by Great Yarmouth High School and local

Travellers on the Barnard Bridge sports field which is used by Great Yarmouth High School and local football teams.Photograph was taken on Thursday morning.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Some 15 caravans moved onto Great Yarmouth High School's Barnard Bridge playing field Sunday afternoon, which as well as being used by the school is a training ground for Great Yarmouth Town FC and their youth team.

But since they arrived, the club said two nine-a-side goals, an 11-a-side goal, and two mini goals had been damaged.

And an online donation page was set up to try and raise money to replace them.

On Sunday Lee Hackleton, committee member and under-11s manager said he was told the travellers arrived around mid-afternoon.

Lee Hackleton

Lee Hackleton - Credit: Archant


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He said: 'This could cost us around £3000 and we can't afford to replace [the equipment]. I just don't want us to fold over this.'

He added that if damage had been done, the youth club would need to try and bring in some sponsors to keep going.

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But now £850 has been raised online in a bid to replace the equipment, including £500 from a man called David Kennedy.

Lee said he didn't know who Mr Kennedy - who left the comment 'Bloater's Fan' when donating - was, but that he'd love to meet him to be able to thank him.

Lee said: 'It's good people are putting in whatever they can put in. a lot is said about Yarmouth but no matter what they say there are decent people here.'

Police confirmed they were aware of the reports of damage to the goals and were investigating.

• To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/2cmfc8s

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