Over the last few years, the Coolum Breakers junior AFL club has gained a strong foothold in Coolum but unfortunately the same cannot be said for the club’s storage sheds.
During Sunday night’s wild weather, the sheds at the ground the Breakers share with the Coolum Touch Club were blown apart.
Sheets of tin, heavy equipment bags and three barbecues were blown far and wide – some sheets climbed a nearby tree, while others ended up half a football field away against a cyclone fence.
The sheds were erected 18 months ago through a club working bee and are used to keep football equipment at the ready for training nights and match days, where kids from six to 14 years play in the AFL Sunshine Coast League.
Breakers facilities coordinator David Ward said the club had endured theft and vandalism in recent weeks but the destruction of the sheds was a bitter blow.
“With a community club, you’re trying to do the right thing by a bunch of kids. You’re constantly up against it and then something like this happens,” he said.
“The bottom line is the club can’t afford to go out and buy a $5000 shed.”
The club had hosted a full day of home games on Sunday and had packed all the gear away before Sunday night’s downpour.
“Both sheds were intact when we left at around 3pm on Sunday afternoon – I couldn’t believe what I was seeing when I went back on Monday,” Mr Ward said.
The club is hoping a generous benefactor or sponsor will come to the club’s aid.
If you can help the club out in any way, phone David Ward on 0417 603 386 or email DavidWard@techinfo.com.au.
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