Jo McCarron met with Steve Camm, Chairman of the Bristol Rover’s Supporters Club, and parents with children who play for the Club’s Junior FC teams, to discuss the recent break-in and burglary at their clubhouse on Southey Avenue Playing Fields.
Although the clubhouse had public liability insurance, it wasn’t insured against burglary, so the Club now needs to raise funds to repair the damage done and replace the stolen items.
Jo committed to help with the fundraising push and is calling on anyone who is able to contribute to donate by contacting the club’s Chairman Steve Camm by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Steve will also be available every Saturday morning at Southey Avenue playing fields from 9.30 - 10.45 when football training will be taking place, and the club is organising a number of fundraising events over the summer. Jo will help promote the events and will be there to lend her support.
Jo McCarron said:
“I’ve got to know Steve and the Supporter’s Club well over the last year and am really impressed by the work they do with young people in our community – not just giving access to high-quality coaching, but also helping to give them direction and focus and providing strong, positive role models. The burglary was a real blow and it would be great if the community could pull together to help them replace what was stolen and repair the damage done. Unfortunately I think this is the sort of incident that could become increasingly common, with local policing already stretched and thousands more frontline officers set to be cut under Conservative plans. Policing is in my view one of the most important issues at stake in the election coming up – the reality is that only Labour is committed to protecting police numbers.”
Steve Camm, Chairman of Bristol Rover’s Supporters Club, said:
“We don’t make money from the work we do here, we don’t get money from the Council, and this kind of unexpected outlay – which our insurance won’t cover – is difficult. We’re determined to raise the funds to repair the clubhouse and get it secure and fully functioning again, and any contributions of any type would make a real difference. As someone who works with young people to make sure they’re on a positive path, I know policing isn’t the only thing needed to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime – but it is important, and it’s shocking to me that the Conservatives think it’s OK to cut tens of thousands of frontline officers. Communities like this one are the ones that suffer the consequences.
"We have a number of events lined up for the summer including a tournament on the 11th and 12th July to be held at Southey Avenue playing fields. We would like to welcome all from the community to come along and join in with the fun. You can find out more about our club by going to www.bristolroverssupportersjuniorsfc.co.uk."
The clubhouse was broken into on Monday 30th or Tuesday 31st March.