Why steal our banner?

Steve Simms of Blackpool Rangers Junior Football Club recently paid for a banner to promote more girls and boys getting involved in junior football. 'Norbreck Primary Academy allowed the club to place the banner on their fence in a prominent position.'But the banner has been in place less than a week and has now been ripped from the fence and stolen.

Steve Simms of Blackpool Rangers Junior Football Club recently paid for a banner to promote more girls and boys getting involved in junior football. 'Norbreck Primary Academy allowed the club to place the banner on their fence in a prominent position.'But the banner has been in place less than a week and has now been ripped from the fence and stolen.

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The chairman of a junior football club today described the theft of a banner they were using to promote the sport for disabled youngsters as “soul destroying”.

Blackpool Rangers Junior Football Club paid £100 for a banner encouraging more children to join their teams after their clubhouse was revamped to provide disabled access.

But the banner was stolen less than a week after it was put on a fence outside Norbreck Primary Academy.

Club chairman Steve Simms, 43, said the theft was a major blow for a club which has little money.

He said: “It’s really soul destroying for the fact it cost us £100 and was stolen.

“We haven’t got a lot of money.

“The person who made the banner did us a deal because it had to be quite big so people can see it from their cars.

“Money is hard enough to come by as it is and it’s like we’ve just thrown money in the bin.”

Blackpool Rangers Junior Football Club play their games at Gala Field, on All Saints Road, Bispham, and cater for scores of youngsters in a number of teams, ranging from under-7s to under-16s

Mr Simms added: “We are a group which gets people into sport and we are trying to promote football to people with learning difficulties.”

Their clubhouse was refurbished earlier this year to provide wheelchair access and help cater for all abilities aged up to 16.

Anyone with information about the theft should call police on 101 or Mr Simms on 07912 622886.