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Tring football club's frustration over trespassers

A football club in Tring has posted about the damage being done to their ground.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:55am 21st July 2020. 3-minute read.

Tring football club's frustration over trespassers

A football club in Tring have seen damage to their ground night after night recently.

Tring Corinthians A.F.C. are urging local residents to respect the private land and the club property. 

Trespassers have been using the site during lockdown, and until recently had been respectful and looked after the site.

However, since the start of June the club have collected 22 black bin bags of rubbish. 

Jamie, one of the joint first team managers, says it's more than just rubbish though:

"The dugouts wood is being peeled, the roof of the away dugout is bowed it looks like they've been jumping on the top, they're trying to kick the back in we can see foot marks all up it and they're writing obscenities on the inside. 

"Its like banging your head against a wall. You go and sort it one night and then the next night it's back again.

"We're a team of volunteers, we don't get paid to do this. We are here to give people a chance to play football and do something for the community. It just seems like there are some people, bad people, who just want to trash it."

Tring Corinthians are part of the Spartan South Midlands Football League and The Aylesbury District League.

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After having enough one day, the club put a post on a Facebook group calling for people to be respectful or the private land. 

When Jamie and another club member went to look at what damage had been done overnight on Sunday, there was a welcome surprise.

Jamie explains:

"Me and the director of football went to the grounds top see if there was anymore destruction. I've walked across the pitch and looked at the dugouts. I noticed there was a piece of paper, and the dugouts where looking immaculate. 

"I looked at the piece of paper and it was a note, from what we now know is a young couple, who said they saw our post on Facebook and as local residents were disgusted by what they had seen and wanted to clear it up.

"I'm not normally speechless but I was then."

The 17 year old couple had tidied and cleaned what they could, which Jamie says was touching for the whole club.

However, some of the structural damage, like the wood damage and roof issue, will cost money to fix. 

Not only that but the club are now having to look at getting more lighting and CCTV to cover the dugouts - money they wanted to spend on 3d turf.

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