THIEVES spoiled pre-season preparations at Teversal Football Club by causing £5,000 worth of damage and stealing a TV.
The club had been celebrating after hosting an eight team tournament which finished with Baris NCEL Premier Division rivals Parkgate being crowned champions on Saturday.
But the following morning, the club were hit with a £5,000 bill after it was discovered the Tevie Bar and Hospitality Suite had been broken into between Saturday night and Sunday morning.
A 42-inch flat screen television had also been stolen and an unused fruit machine damaged in an attempt to steal cash.
Club general football secretary Kevin Newton said the break-in had been a severe blow.
“A lot of damage was caused and we have had to put a lot of work in to make the building safe again,” he said. “Everyone at the club is very upset and it is a distraction which has taken our focus away from doing what we are supposed to be doing - providing a football club and a social facility for the people of Teversal.”
A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman confirmed officers received a report of a break-in at the club, on Carnarvon Street, just after 9.15am on Sunday.
It is believed the offenders gained entry through the club’s office.
Pc Kelly Graham said: “The burglary has had a big effect on the club. The morning after the incident there was glass everywhere and they had a children’s party scheduled for 3pm that day. It was a lot of effort on their part to clean up in time for it.”
There was also an attempt to access the neighbouring Teversal Trails Visitors Centre but the offenders were unsuccessful.
Anyone who witnessed the incident should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 99 99 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.