Travellers move onto sports field forcing football to be cancelled

Gunthorpe Harriers FC have been forced to make the decision after Travellers set up camp on their pi

Travellers set up camp at Gunthorpe - only last month a similar encampment at Ely also forced sporting fixtures to be cancelled. - Credit: Archant

For the second time in a month travellers disrupted local sport by moving onto a local pitch forcing the suspension of all fixtures.  

Two days ago, a convoy of travellers moved onto the Campbell Drive Sports Field in Gunthorpe, Peterborough.  

It follows a similar incident last month when travellers pitched up for several days forcing cancellation of all events at Ely Outdoor Sports Association.  

Gunthorpe Harriers FC have been forced to make the decision after Travellers set up camp on their pi

Gunthorpe Harriers FC have been forced to make the decision after Travellers set up camp on their pitch. A youth football club in Peterborough has been forced to cancel all of their training and home matches for the foreseeable future after Travellers made camp on their pitch., Gunthorpe / Campbell Drive playing fields, Peterborough Saturday 18 September 2021. - Credit: Archant

Gunthorpe Harriers FC have been forced to make the decision after Travellers set up camp on their pi

Gunthorpe Harriers FC have been forced to make the decision after Travellers set up camp on their pitch. A youth football club in Peterborough has been forced to cancel all of their training and home matches for the foreseeable future after Travellers made camp on their pitch., Gunthorpe / Campbell Drive playing fields, Peterborough Saturday 18 September 2021. - Credit: Archant

Gunthorpe Harriers FC have been forced to make the decision after Travellers set up camp on their pi

Gunthorpe Harriers FC have been forced to make the decision after Travellers set up camp on their pitch. A youth football club in Peterborough has been forced to cancel all of their training and home matches for the foreseeable future after Travellers made camp on their pitch., Gunthorpe / Campbell Drive playing fields, Peterborough Saturday 18 September 2021. - Credit: Archant

In a statement on their Facebook page, Gunthorpe Harriers FC said: “Unfortunately we have been invaded by travellers who are now camped on the Campbell Drive playing fields (our pitches). 

“All training and home matches are cancelled until further notice and we will update you all when we know more.” 

Gunthorpe Harriers FC have been forced to make the decision after Travellers set up camp on their pi

Gunthorpe Harriers FC have been forced to make the decision after Travellers set up camp on their pitch. A youth football club in Peterborough has been forced to cancel all of their training and home matches for the foreseeable future after Travellers made camp on their pitch., Gunthorpe / Campbell Drive playing fields, Peterborough Saturday 18 September 2021. - Credit: Archant


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Local councillors are discussing what action can be taken at Gunthorpe – they estimate some 18 caravans are encircling the pitches.  

Gunthorpe Harriers FC have been forced to make the decision after Travellers set up camp on their pi

Gunthorpe Harriers FC have been forced to make the decision after Travellers set up camp on their pitch. A youth football club in Peterborough has been forced to cancel all of their training and home matches for the foreseeable future after Travellers made camp on their pitch., Gunthorpe / Campbell Drive playing fields, Peterborough Saturday 18 September 2021. Picture by Terry Harris. - Credit: NC

In Ely, the clearing up costs were considerable although a fund-raising campaign raised nearly £4,000 to support the outdoor association.  

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