AN arson-hit football club – which feared it would fold after losing £15,000 of equipment in a raging blaze – has a new kit thanks to cash seized from convicted criminals.
Castleford White Rose Ladies’ under 15s’ team will play in a West Yorkshire Police sponsored kit next season, paid for with the ill-gotten gains of offenders, seized through the Proceeds of Crime Act.
In February, the club lost training balls, match balls, a generator, six reserve kits and equipment for after-game hospitality in an arson attack at the club’s lock-up on Willowbridge Lane.
Officers from Castleford neighbourhood policing team (NPT) decided to help the team by arranging the kit sponsorship for next season.
John Sherwood, chairman, said: “Back in February we were unsure whether we would survive as a club. This help is vital to ensure that we are able to continue, and will continue, to provide football for youngsters in the Castleford and Five Towns area.
“We are fully committed to support schemes with local authorities, like the police, to try and promote sport as a way to tackle street crime.
“We cannot thank West Yorkshire Police enough for their generous support.”
Insp David Bugg, of the NPT, added: “We have been able to give something back to the community of Castleford, with money taken from the pockets of West Yorkshire criminals.
“We could not think of a more appropriate way of redistributing criminal seizures back to the community. White Rose Ladies have themselves been the victims of needless crime and it is a pleasure to be able to sponsor the team, who do so much to promote good out in the community.”
Anyone with any information residents living off the proceeds of crime should call Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.