Hundreds of pounds has already been raised for a young football club after their goal post nets were destroyed and posts damaged following an arson attack.

Following an appeal in the Burton Mail, Stretton Eagles Junior Football Club has been given enough money not only to replace its nets but to invest in a large container to store its goalposts while they are not in use.

Richard Thornewill, the club's under-12s manager, said they had been left devastated at the "mindless" vandalism and said it would cost them £150 to replace the nets and repaint the goal posts.

Members of the community banded together and have already offered to reimburse the club the full amount needed to replace the nets and raised hundreds of pounds extra.

Mr Thornewill said: "We have received a call from Subway; they have offered to pay the full amount for the new nets.

The goal post nets have been completely destroyed

"We have also received calls from a man called George Farger who is on the East Midlands Sports Council regarding grant funding and the local councillor for Stretton has made contact with an offer of help.

"It's been a great reaction which is much appreciated by all at the club. We aim to use the funds raised to replace the nets and to purchase a new container to store our equipment."

Mr Thornewill said Jonathon Stone had also set up a Just Giving online donation page which has so far raised £270 thanks to 12 supporters.

Mr Stone said: "I am looking for people to help me raise money for the club so they can repair the facilities and get new equipment. It's heart-breaking when people vandalise. This ruins everything for the kids. Kids should be able to play sports without having it ruined by anyone. I just don't get why people would do such a thing.

"The club currently has no goal posts at its Hillfield Lane training ground, in Stretton, and needs to find £150 to repaint the aluminium posts and pay for replacement nets following a recent fire."

Mr Thornewill had said the fire could have an effect on the club’s ability to keep its 10 teams training throughout the summer.

The fire destroyed the nets on all six of its goal posts, which had cost the club £1,000 when purchased 18 months ago. The goal posts had been chained up outside when they were set on fire.

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