GALLERY: Support pours in for March Soccer School after equipment is destroyed in a blaze at Westwood Junior School

Soccer shed fire at Westwood School March. Picture: Steve Williams.

Soccer shed fire at Westwood School March. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The community is rallying behind March Soccer School which lost all of its kit and equipment in a fire at Westwood Junior last night.

A plea on a Facebook page left the phone non-stop ringing for manager Matt Christian who said he had been overwhelmed with the generosity and support shown to the club.

Mr Christian, who lives opposite the school, said: “The shed had everything used by the footballers including kit, balls, line markers, goals. Someone did the lot in one hit.

“It means kids have nothing to play with when they come on Saturday. Matches are planned for this weekend. Last night we had no idea what to do but my aunty put out a plea on the March Discussion Facebook page and the offers have poured in. Its incredible.

“If we can make a good thing out of a bad situation then that is what we shall do.”


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Short term they have been offered loans of equipment, including by the rugby club, but long term the soccer school organisers are now looking at some kind of fund raising to replace what has been lost.

The soccer school has run at Westwood School since 1992 and is a thriving club for six to 15 year olds from the area.

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School authorities said it was business as usual and no damage had been caused to the main building while a Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman confirmed it was an arson attack.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue said: “At 6.35pm on Monday one crew from March and one crew from Chatteris were called to a fire in an outbuilding measuring 8m by 6m which was well alight.

“The building, which is believed to have contained sports equipment used by a children’s football club, has been completely destroyed. Another building has also been 50 per cent affected by fire.

“Crews returned to their stations by 7.45pm.

“The cause of the fire was deliberate.”

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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