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Storm Ciara: Langtoft United Football Club clubhouse loses its roof




A junior football club is appealing for help after part of its roof was blown off in this weekend's storm.

Langtoft United, based at the playing fields off Manor Close in the village, saw Storm Ciara's 60 miles per hour winds rip off the protective sheeting from the clubhouse which then landed in a neighbouring farmer's field.

Club secretary Paul Cooper was alerted to the damage yesterday (February 9) by villagers and the building's ceiling is still largely intact although some water is seeping in.

Part of the roof of Langtoft United Football Club's clubhouse lies in a neighbouring field after being blown off by Storm Ciara's high winds
Part of the roof of Langtoft United Football Club's clubhouse lies in a neighbouring field after being blown off by Storm Ciara's high winds

He said: "I was a bit gutted really because we have done quite a lot around the ground in terms of improving the facilities.

"We have recently got new metal goals that they use at Manchester United's training ground and also put in new white LED floodlights.

"It has already cost a lot of money and then for this to happen - it's not ideal."

The club puts out a number of sides at under-seven through to under-18 levels, but relies solely on its members for money.

When asked about how much the roof could cost, Paul added: "I haven't got an idea. I've just had a quote for £4,000 but we don't have that money. We don't get any external funding.

"We don't receive any support from parish councils or anything like that and everything we do get comes from our members.

"If there's anyone out there who can help then that would be great but the issue is that everyone is in need right now because of the storm.

"The farmer whose field it blew into has been really good and has offered to lift it back over the fence to our land."

Anyone who can help Langtoft United with their roof should call Paul Cooper on 07480 927243.

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