YOBS caused more than £1,000 damage and vandalised a set of goalposts at a school just three weeks after they were donated.
The multi-use posts for games of football and rugby at Golborne High School were targeted by vandals who appeared to climb and swing on them to bend them out of shape, making them currently unusable.
The posts were donated by Golborne Sports Junior Football Club, which raised the money to buy the equipment with events including supermarket bag packing in order to help the school’s reduced education budget stretch further.
The club has expressed its anger that its generous efforts to help provide facilities for young people in Golborne to play sport has been stalled by mindless hooliganism.
Club secretary John Flannery, 47, said: “It looks like they’ve been climbing on them then almost hanging off them. They’ve bent the steel frame and to look at it you wouldn’t believe it could be done.
“One of the uprights instead of being in the vertical position looks like a dog’s hind leg, it’s at a considerable angle.
“It’s frustrating for both ourselves and the school. The funds ultimately come from the kids in the local community and then there’s this element just wilfully damaging whatever they can.
“Schools only have a set budget so if we can make a contribution and donate this equipment it frees up staff to invest what budget they’ve got in other areas.
“We also want to get kids to take a bit more pride in the playing fields and premises, and hope this should in the long term stamp out this anti-social behaviour.”
Greater Manchester Police has been informed of the vandalism. Anyone with information can call the non-emergency number 101.