Volunteer-led Rangers-linked Glasgow football club Sons of Struth are appealing for anyone with any information after thousands of pounds of equipment was stolen at the weekend.
An order of brand-new kits for the Sons of Struth Football Academy had been delivered on Friday 28th June and it had disappeared by Saturday the 29th.
The equipment was targeted by thieves after it was left in boxes inside a car. Those who volunteer at the Academy are pleading to have their stolen items returned.
“It’s so disappointing. We just want them returned.”
The group works with 150 children, both boys and girls, between the ages of 2 and 13. It also works closely with Rangers Soccer Schools and is regularly supported by current and former Rangers players.
Prior to the delivery of the new kit, any children joining the club would have to wait four weeks to get their own kit.
The idea behind the investment in the kits was to ensure any kids, including the influx joining over the summer holidays, would be able to secure a kit right away.
Both kids and adult kits were stolen
The kids’ kits which were stolen include white training tops, blue shorts and blue zip jumpers (all Adidas) which included the Sons of Struth Academy sign.
The kits stolen include white training tops, blue shorts and blue half-zip jumpers all branded with the academy’s sign and an Adidas logo.
Adult kits destined to be sold to raise money for new video equipment were also stolen from the club.
This is a major blow to the group’s fundraising efforts and anyone with any information is being encouraged to get in touch with the Academy.
The club is offering a cash reward for the return of their stolen items. You can contact them through their Facebook page HERE. The post includes images of a person of interest in the case.
The group also supports the Rangers Charity Foundation “through donations, fundraising and providing volunteers”.
The name Sons of Struth is also a nod to Rangers’ longest-serving and most successful manager, Bill Struth.