A FOOTBALL club has launched a fundraiser after being left “heartbroken” by vandals who caused up to £2,000 of damage to its equipment and facilities.

The incident at Belle Vue on the night of Wednesday, November 17 resulted in significant damage to the ground’s changing rooms, toilet facilities and first aid rooms.

A club statement by CPD Y Rhyl 1879, which plays at the ground, said it the ground was "trashed", leaving its volunteers “hugely disappointed” after long-term fundraising and sponsorship work to fund the equipment.

North Wales Police carried out forensic examinations of the damage on Thursday morning.

A fundraiser has now been set up to gather £1,500, which will contribute to stadium repairs and new equipment.

Adam Roche, the club’s managing director, said: “The feeling at the club has been split between upset and feeling heartbroken to anger and fury that, despite all the effort of voluntary hours put in at the club and fundraising and sponsorship to fund the equipment, it can all be undone in literally minutes by some mindless individuals."

The fundraiser had raised £900 in less than four days, which Mr Roche said is testament to supporters of the club, which formed in 2020 as a phoenix club following the dissolution of Rhyl FC.

“We have been amazed and humbled by the initial reaction to our fundraiser,” Mr Roche added.

“Any money donated will make a huge difference to hopefully preventing this happening again."

You can donate to the fundraiser via the JustGiving page.

Anyone with information related to the incident should call police on 101 and quote 21000802147.