Two community football clubs have been left “devasted” after vandals broke into their club house and trashed it at the weekend.
The hooligans targetted the pavilion at King George V Park, home to East Fife Girls and Women’s Football Club and Leven United Football Club, stealing a number of items and completely trashing both the inside and outside of the building.
There is very little that is salvageable from the mess they have left.Liz Anderson
It is thought the repair costscould be in the region of around £4500 - with the clubs left wondering where they will get the money to pay for it.
East Fife player manager Liz Anderson, who was in Dundee celebrating a victory with the under 15s when she heard about the break-in, said: “I am absolutely devastated.
“I couldn’t believe the damage and mess when I returned. They had been through everything looking for money and anything that would make a quick buck.
“There is very little that is salvageable from the mess they have left.”
The mindless thugs even smashed an irreplacable award won by late club chairman Arthur Robertson, who passed away in November.
Leven United manager Dougie Herd said: “As a club which works tirelessly to maintain the building with East Fife GWFC we are sickened to see all our hard work destroyed and our possessions stolen.”
Liz added:“We are a club run by volunteers and all of our money comes from players fees or fundraising.
“Every penny is a prisoner, and we simply don’t have funding to deal with things like this.
“It would appear that our insurance does not cover this, so all equipment will not be replaced, and we will have to find a way of fixing the pavilion.”
Even a trip to Spain for the under 13s and 15s looks to be in jeopardy, while next season for Leven United is up in the air after new track suits and stips were also stolen.
Liz explained that the club will probably have to relocate while repairs are carried out, a cost in itself, and hope to start fundraising within the next few weeks.
A Police Scotland spokesman confiremed they were investigating.
He added: “Anyone who noticed any suspicious behaviour in the area of the pavilion on Friday night or Saturday morning is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101.”