Club’s £400 lift

A JUNIOR football club that was left devastated after a break-in is back on the ball after two generous businesses gave it £400.

Golden Flatts Juniors FC suffered a set-back when callous thieves stole thousands of pounds worth of equipment from a lock-up in Greatham.

The thieves took 30 footballs, two pumps and even first aid boxes worth between £400 to £500 in the break-in six weeks ago.

But the club was given a major boost when two town businesses came forward and each gave £200 to help replace what was stolen.

The break-in came just two weeks before the new season was due to kick off.

Hartlepool firms JJM Plumbing and Syd’s Tyres contacted the club offering to help.

Club chairman Jimmy Costello said he has been overwhelmed by the generosity shown.

He said: “I think it is superb what they have done for us. We were surprised by their generosity.

“We have been able to buy 58 new footballs for our club, which runs seven junior football teams, thanks to the donations.

“We would like to say a big thank you to them both, it was brilliant.”

Jimmy earlier described the break-in as a major set back for the club which pays for its equipment through youngsters’ subs.

He discovered thieves had struck at the unit in Station Road, Greatham, after locking up as normal the previous night.

Much of the equipment that was stolen had been paid for with £600 raised by parents at a recent presentation and fundraising night.

It was the second time the unit has been broken into in six months.

Syd Bird of Syd’s Tyres and Carl Jukes of JJM Plumbing paid a visit to Golden Flats Juniors at Greatham Sports Field where they play and train.

Jimmy added that following the break-in the club no longer stores their balls in the unit but are kept at officials’ homes instead.