Officials of a Peterborough rugby club say its heart has been “ripped out” after burglars stole its electric generator in a midnight raid.
Thorney Rugby Club, in Crowland Road, Thorney, has been left without power following the burglary, which happened overnight between Friday and Saturday.
Vice chairman Duncan Davies said: “We rely on the generator for all the power. From the floodlights to powering the fridge in the bar, all the lighting in the club house and changing rooms and heating the showers.
“The heart has been ripped out of the club.
“The first team were away on Saturday, which was lucky as we would have had to forfeit points as we would have been unable to complete the fixture.
“But on Sunday we had to cancel the sessions for the youngsters.
“We have children aged six and up, and we had to phone families to tell them rugby had to be cancelled. There were a few tears in a number of households.
“It is not just ourselves that have been affected - the archery club, the Saxons American Football team and the remote control helicopter club all use the ground.”
The club is now relying on the goodwill of other teams, and a generator loaned by a club member, to keep going for the short term.
Duncan said: “We have helped a number of clubs in the past, so we are hoping for a couple of favours to be repaid.
“We have been loaned a generator, which we are taking away from the club each night.
“In the long term we are looking at getting the club plugged into the mains network, but because of our location it is very expensive.”
Anyone with information should call Cambridgeshire police 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.