Door smashed at Goal Line but kids’ scheme goes on

Viewing the damaged door are, from left, Maxine Chambers and Nikki Cinnamond of Goal Line, and MLA Jo-Anne Dobson. INPT33-029
Viewing the damaged door are, from left, Maxine Chambers and Nikki Cinnamond of Goal Line, and MLA Jo-Anne Dobson. INPT33-029

Staff and children from Goal Line Youth Centre turned up for the final day of their summer scheme last week to find that the glass in the front door had been smashed.

Undeterred, the scheme went ahead as usual, although it was an upsetting incident for the young people, some of whom have learning difficulties.

The centre, which is based at Chambers Park, was targeted some time on Thursday evening/Friday morning.

Youth support worker Maxine Chambers said, “We are an inclusive charity youth centre and cater for young people with learning difficulties so for some it was quite traumatic not to be able to enter the building via the front door.

“They had to enter the building through fire exits until the police were finished examining the scene and to allow time to clean up the broken glass. The young people had worked very hard on a display for the grand finale day and they would have been extremely disappointed if had been disrupted.”

The attack was condemned by UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson, who was at the youth club on Friday afternoon to hand out certificates.

She said,“I am absolutely sickened that someone would smash in the front door at Goal Line, a youth centre which provides a lifeline to families of vulnerable children. These kids don’t deserve this.

“I appeal to anyone with information which would help the police, to contact them.”