Vandals target Breidbach Sports Grounds

NO SPORTMANSHIP: Damage to the fence and the removing of the wooden seats are just some of the many forms of vandalism which have struck the Breidbach Sports Grounds recently Pictures: DESMOND COETZEE

Continued vandalism of the Breidbach Sports Grounds over the last few months is giving members of the local sports council plenty of headaches.

Damage to the walls, theft of security bars in the cloakrooms and the damaging and theft of the wooden seats of the stands are just some of the examples of the crimes the sports grounds have been subjected to.

Ward 44 sports council president Major Tomsana said the Breidbach Sports Grounds had become a hive of sports activities in the past few months and applauded the structure for bringing about a positive change within the community.

 

However, he stressed his concerns about the continuous vandalism happening.

“The sports council held a successful launch at the very same grounds where teams from King William’s Town and all surrounding areas participated and produced entertaining football in July,” Tomsana said.

“During August, we again managed to attract big sport games, such as like the derby rugby encounter between Border Rugby Union Super League-affiliates Ncera Leopards and Ntlaza Lions, which was watched by a huge crowd.”

Tomsana’s secretary Sean Carelse added that the recent All Blacks Supporters Club rugby tournament and the annual Goodwill Games between Breidbach FA and rivals East London Central Local FA also attracted hundreds of sport enthusiasts to the grounds.

“We appeal to everyone within the community to take ownership of their facilities and protect them at all costs,” Carelse said.

“We believe that community participation and co-operation are important to curb this destructive practice by thugs.”

The GO! & Express visited the grounds on Monday and saw junior players from Super Stars Football Club assist club officials and municipal workers in replacing some of the cement slabs in the fence.

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