Trespassers destroy children's football pitch

Senseless trespassers have wrecked a specially-designed children's football pitch causing £10,000 of damage.

A group of trespassers climbed the 8ft fences into BTC Southampton Football Club's Under 11s pitch on Stoneham Lane and played a match in the rain.

The pitch had been being prepared since April.

Chairman Damon Brown said: "We are all absolutely devastated about this. The pitch was specially designed for the children and there has only been one game played on it.

"Now it is wrecked. It is so bad we might not be able to play on the pitch until next Spring."

Hampshire police said they are trying to trace the group of eight people who trespassed into the ground on Friday afternoon.

Comments (6)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:14pm Sat 27 Oct 12

Just another reader says...

Selfish and sad people. That's a huge sports ground with loads of space to play football. I hope someone has a conscience and owns up to this.
Selfish and sad people. That's a huge sports ground with loads of space to play football. I hope someone has a conscience and owns up to this. Just another reader

7:38pm Sat 27 Oct 12

mummsie says...

I hope when these mindless idiots eventuallly grow up and have kids (hopefully whilst in a happy marriage) they will remember what they have done, as one of them is bound to have a kid with Special Needs ! What goes around comes around is the phrase that hopefully is true!!
I hope when these mindless idiots eventuallly grow up and have kids (hopefully whilst in a happy marriage) they will remember what they have done, as one of them is bound to have a kid with Special Needs ! What goes around comes around is the phrase that hopefully is true!! mummsie

8:03pm Sat 27 Oct 12

8089 says...

It's a football pitch....They played football on it. BIG DEAL! That's what it's for.
It's a football pitch....They played football on it. BIG DEAL! That's what it's for. 8089

8:04pm Sat 27 Oct 12

8089 says...

.........And as for £10 000 of damage.....HOW is a patch of grass worth that much??????????????
.........And as for £10 000 of damage.....HOW is a patch of grass worth that much?????????????? 8089

8:45pm Sat 27 Oct 12

forestlady says...

As a mum whose kids have both played there, I think it is a big deal. Football of a high standard is played there and just because they are kids, it doesn't mean their pitch shouldn't be respected. There are fences all round that place and it is obvious it is for private use. A personal thanks to all who maintain those pitches and all who are involved in grass roots footy from the beginners level up.
As a mum whose kids have both played there, I think it is a big deal. Football of a high standard is played there and just because they are kids, it doesn't mean their pitch shouldn't be respected. There are fences all round that place and it is obvious it is for private use. A personal thanks to all who maintain those pitches and all who are involved in grass roots footy from the beginners level up. forestlady

7:20pm Sun 28 Oct 12

cantthinkofone says...

Great shame for the kids. But it sounds like thoughtless behaviour rather than malicious IMO, and I doubt they thought for one second that it would cause any damage. I'm sure we all did similar as youngsters.

I'm also mystified about the cost and scale of the damage. I know it's important to keep pitches nice, but it's still essentially a large lawn. It may not be in as good a state as they wanted, but surely it'll still be playable before long?
Great shame for the kids. But it sounds like thoughtless behaviour rather than malicious IMO, and I doubt they thought for one second that it would cause any damage. I'm sure we all did similar as youngsters. I'm also mystified about the cost and scale of the damage. I know it's important to keep pitches nice, but it's still essentially a large lawn. It may not be in as good a state as they wanted, but surely it'll still be playable before long? cantthinkofone

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree