Chesham United Youth FC has been awarded a free security kit to help protect their training equipment.

The club received the new and improved security kit as part of an initiative by the Secure Communities Scheme, which is to help community projects meet the unexpected costs of securing premises during the pandemic.

The football team joined clubs in Reading and Suffolk in being given the protective gear.

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The south Bucks-based team decided to apply for the scheme to crack down on anti-social behaviour near their premises, where they secured a storage unit to stop thieves and vandals from damaging and stealing the club’s equipment.

And despite Covid-19 effectively putting a stop to the club’s fundraising activities,  members of the club are still determined to get the money needed to install a large steel container on their site.

Mark Pearson from BurgWächter, the company behind the Secure Communities Scheme commented: “BurgWächter is known for its comprehensive choice of locking products as well as an extensive range of safes and post-boxes.

“We saw a rise in demand for such products during the Covid-19 lockdown.

“We knew that communities would struggle to meet the unexpected cost of providing extra security during the restrictions, so we adapted our existing Secure Communities Scheme to reflect this need.

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“Since lockdown commenced, we have provided over 20 security kits worth £150 each to communities across the UK, with many more applications currently being processed.

“We hope the scheme’s support for these football clubs will help members feel safe, keep equipment secure and training enjoyable.”