Fundraiser on target for damage limitation

More damage was caused at the Claggan Park ground at the weekend. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba,photos NO-F04-Claggan-Park-vandalism.jpg
Damage caused by vandals at the Claggan Park ground. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba,photos.

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A fundraising page set up by an Inverness man has raised more than £2,000 towards the cost of surveillance equipment to deter vandals at Fort William Football Club.

Clachnacuddin FC fan William Corbett set up the GoFundMe page after hearing about the recent damage to the club’s Claggan Park ground.

William said: ‘Their ground, overlooked by the big ben, is one of the most picturesque and iconic in Britain and having been involved, through the Highland League, with the club I have followed for many years, Clachnacuddin FC, I have found the people involved with Fort William to be among the friendliest in the eague.

‘I was shocked and dismayed at what they have faced with the damage caused and have set up this fundraiser to try and help them out in some small way. All donations for this great wee club, on my fundraising page, will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.’

At the time of writing the appeal had already raised £2,185 of its £3,000 target.

Commenting on its Facebook page this week Fort William FC responded: ‘Once again a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to the Go Fund Me page, it is greatly appreciated by everyone at the club.

‘And once again a massive thank you to William Corbett for setting up the page.’

Police are investigating the latest vandalism at the ground which resulted in damaged seats, broken bottles, forced entry to the clubhouse and the lifting of recently laid turf covering new drainage areas on the park.

The club hope that the money raised will enable it to have CCTV round the park and hopefully stop vandalism happening in the future.

Go to the Help for Fort William Football Club for Repairs GoFundMe page to donate.