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Youngsters banned from Sabden pitches

A RIBBLE Valley football club has banned youngsters from playing on their pitch after a spate of vandalism.

Bosses at Sabden Football club have ‘regrettably’ decided to enforce the zero-tolerance policy following the club’s changing rooms and toilets being broken into recently.

The club has written to neighbouring houses and have asked them to report any incidents to them.

Club officials then intend to disperse any youngsters from the ground.

Sabden Football Club currently lease the site in Pendleside Close from Ribble Valley Borough Council and have recently received a £1,500 grant from the council to upgrade their changing rooms.

It is hoped that the club will be able to open up the facility to junior groups, women’s teams and the local schools and youth group after the project has been completed.

Manager Simon Fielding said: “It’s very frustrating and soul destroying.

“Windows have been smashed and they have forced entry to the changing rooms and the outside toilet.

“Tiles have been taken from the roof and it just seems that they would rather cause us damage than do anything else.

“It has been going on for a while and it needs to stop.

“It’s hoped that after a while of me turning up and shouting at them that they will just stop.

“This is far from being a vigilante and it’s more about protecting the club for the future.”

A police spokesman said: “We would encourage anyone who sees anything suspicious in the area to contact the police on 101.”

Coun Richard Newmark, who represents Sabden on the borough council, said: “It’s a problem that a few have caused for the majority.

“It only takes a small amount of trouble and a couple of people to spoil it for everyone.

“It’s not fair for them to have forced the club to take on this policy.”

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6:47pm Sat 21 Jun 14

woolywords says...

What a complete dogs dinner of an idea!
Has anyone made a correlation between the kids and the burglaries?
Thought not.
You pay for the pitches, they don't; Let's find an excuse to see them off.
This is, as lame as it gets..
...
Turn up, teach them the offside rule and how to defeat it.
Engagement will give them a sense of pride.
Not this...
What a complete dogs dinner of an idea! Has anyone made a correlation between the kids and the burglaries? Thought not. You pay for the pitches, they don't; Let's find an excuse to see them off. This is, as lame as it gets.. ... Turn up, teach them the offside rule and how to defeat it. Engagement will give them a sense of pride. Not this... woolywords
  • Score: 10

7:26pm Sat 21 Jun 14

zabby says...

Tarring every youth with the same brush
Tarring every youth with the same brush zabby
  • Score: 7

9:25pm Sat 21 Jun 14

child44 says...

Unfortunately, this is how society works; everyone suffers because of a mindless few. If, when caught, the mindless few were punished properly, there might be fewer of them and we could all enjoy more facilities.
Unfortunately, this is how society works; everyone suffers because of a mindless few. If, when caught, the mindless few were punished properly, there might be fewer of them and we could all enjoy more facilities. child44
  • Score: 17

11:04pm Sat 21 Jun 14

clitheroe blue boy says...

woolywords wrote:
What a complete dogs dinner of an idea!
Has anyone made a correlation between the kids and the burglaries?
Thought not.
You pay for the pitches, they don't; Let's find an excuse to see them off.
This is, as lame as it gets..
...
Turn up, teach them the offside rule and how to defeat it.
Engagement will give them a sense of pride.
Not this...
Unless I'm badly mistaken, I read this as the youngsters are banned from playing on the pitch on evenings and weekends when the club is not open or staffed? And not actually banning the youth teams from playing matches? (If they have any?)

Perhaps the residents of the village, and parents and members of the football club, could perhaps embrace the young ones in organising some football activities during the summer nights and get them and the village involved within the club? It seems to work for hundreds of other clubs.

Re the damage caused, there is no excuse for this and the parents of these vandals must ask themselves where they think their children are all evening in such a small village with very few facilities for their budding Rooneys.
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: What a complete dogs dinner of an idea! Has anyone made a correlation between the kids and the burglaries? Thought not. You pay for the pitches, they don't; Let's find an excuse to see them off. This is, as lame as it gets.. ... Turn up, teach them the offside rule and how to defeat it. Engagement will give them a sense of pride. Not this...[/p][/quote]Unless I'm badly mistaken, I read this as the youngsters are banned from playing on the pitch on evenings and weekends when the club is not open or staffed? And not actually banning the youth teams from playing matches? (If they have any?) Perhaps the residents of the village, and parents and members of the football club, could perhaps embrace the young ones in organising some football activities during the summer nights and get them and the village involved within the club? It seems to work for hundreds of other clubs. Re the damage caused, there is no excuse for this and the parents of these vandals must ask themselves where they think their children are all evening in such a small village with very few facilities for their budding Rooneys. clitheroe blue boy
  • Score: 10

11:28pm Sat 21 Jun 14

mikebuk says...

Oh what a shame when people decide they want nowt to do with your lousy club..
Oh what a shame when people decide they want nowt to do with your lousy club.. mikebuk
  • Score: -12

6:42am Sun 22 Jun 14

Excluded again says...

So you have a break-in to your club house and changing rooms.

So you ban young people from playing on the pitch with no evidence that they were responsible for the break ins.

So now instead of having lots of kids around the ground, it is nice and quiet most of the time. Perfect conditions for burglars.

Explain to me again how this helps prevent burglaries.
So you have a break-in to your club house and changing rooms. So you ban young people from playing on the pitch with no evidence that they were responsible for the break ins. So now instead of having lots of kids around the ground, it is nice and quiet most of the time. Perfect conditions for burglars. Explain to me again how this helps prevent burglaries. Excluded again
  • Score: 4

8:23am Sun 22 Jun 14

doggydog says...

How much is a basic cctv kit?
How much is a basic cctv kit? doggydog
  • Score: 8

2:24pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Could they not just hang draw and quarter one of the local youth and stick his head on a pole as a warning to others?
Could they not just hang draw and quarter one of the local youth and stick his head on a pole as a warning to others? Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 1

3:41pm Sun 22 Jun 14

AnthonyUK says...

Its a real shame its had to come to this;but punishment of the majority for a minorities actions are all the youth of today seem to understand. I hope some dogooder doesnt bleat on about kids rights in a effort to defend their actions and say have some pity in a braindead speech!
Its a real shame its had to come to this;but punishment of the majority for a minorities actions are all the youth of today seem to understand. I hope some dogooder doesnt bleat on about kids rights in a effort to defend their actions and say have some pity in a braindead speech! AnthonyUK
  • Score: 3

5:40pm Sun 22 Jun 14

pwitch says...

CCTV is probably the best answer here surely. It would be a deterrent as long as it is put up by somebody who really knows what they are doing.
CCTV is probably the best answer here surely. It would be a deterrent as long as it is put up by somebody who really knows what they are doing. pwitch
  • Score: 5

3:24pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Malthus says...

Initially I would like to ask how can Sabden Football Club criticise misbehavior in today's youths when a major part of it's Community News section of it's website states "Once again the Wellsprings did us proud by serving up delicious food and copious amounts of alcohol!" Surely, the glorification of an individual's ability to consume alcohol is a negative attribute and not something to be applauded. In fact how can the behaviour of young people be brought in to question when it seems those who condemn alleged misbehaviour are more than happy to condone drinking to excess. Secondly, when Simon Fielding says that "“Tiles have been taken from the roof" does he actually mean stolen or removed and smashed? If, as the article suggests, they have been stolen, I would presume that the damage is not an act of vandalism carried out by thugs, but it is instead adult thieves who are targeting an easy and free source of building supplies. I am not making excuses for acts of anti-social behaviour, but all too often people are prepared to apportion blame when there is very little and in some cases no evidence at all to support young people being responsible for such wanton acts. I also find it annoying that this club had been given £1500 by the local council to be used at Sabden Football Club for the benefit of the community and yet feel that they can justify excluding a section of the community purely based upon their age.
Initially I would like to ask how can Sabden Football Club criticise misbehavior in today's youths when a major part of it's Community News section of it's website states "Once again the Wellsprings did us proud by serving up delicious food and copious amounts of alcohol!" Surely, the glorification of an individual's ability to consume alcohol is a negative attribute and not something to be applauded. In fact how can the behaviour of young people be brought in to question when it seems those who condemn alleged misbehaviour are more than happy to condone drinking to excess. Secondly, when Simon Fielding says that "“Tiles have been taken from the roof" does he actually mean stolen or removed and smashed? If, as the article suggests, they have been stolen, I would presume that the damage is not an act of vandalism carried out by thugs, but it is instead adult thieves who are targeting an easy and free source of building supplies. I am not making excuses for acts of anti-social behaviour, but all too often people are prepared to apportion blame when there is very little and in some cases no evidence at all to support young people being responsible for such wanton acts. I also find it annoying that this club had been given £1500 by the local council to be used at Sabden Football Club for the benefit of the community and yet feel that they can justify excluding a section of the community purely based upon their age. Malthus
  • Score: 0

4:30pm Sat 28 Jun 14

lets be sensible says...

Really Malthus...... do you really believe that a passing comment about an enjoyable social evening equates to the glorification of alcohol consumption?

I understand that the tiles were removed and hurled into the field across from the club. What do you think. Vandals or burglars?

The £1,500 was to be spent on tidying up and repairing the club house in order that it can be of benefit to the wider community - the vandalism and wanton damage by a few may well threaten this.

I and many others are appreciative of the efforts of Simon Fielding and other members of the local community who are putting in time and effort in a bid to tidying up the football club and making it accessible to the wider community - young people especially!!

As the village is small the names of the culprits are known. Simply because they were seen and reported. But as we live in mad times, these things have to be dealt with in a politically correct way - which in this case, means protecting their names and banning everyone else from the club grounds when it is not in use.

Shame on the do goooders and nay-sayers. Maybe they should focus on criticising those who are doing the damage rather than those who are doing their level best to repair it.
Really Malthus...... do you really believe that a passing comment about an enjoyable social evening equates to the glorification of alcohol consumption? I understand that the tiles were removed and hurled into the field across from the club. What do you think. Vandals or burglars? The £1,500 was to be spent on tidying up and repairing the club house in order that it can be of benefit to the wider community - the vandalism and wanton damage by a few may well threaten this. I and many others are appreciative of the efforts of Simon Fielding and other members of the local community who are putting in time and effort in a bid to tidying up the football club and making it accessible to the wider community - young people especially!! As the village is small the names of the culprits are known. Simply because they were seen and reported. But as we live in mad times, these things have to be dealt with in a politically correct way - which in this case, means protecting their names and banning everyone else from the club grounds when it is not in use. Shame on the do goooders and nay-sayers. Maybe they should focus on criticising those who are doing the damage rather than those who are doing their level best to repair it. lets be sensible
  • Score: 1

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