Sports groups from across the NT are rallying to help a Katherine club hit by thieves this week.
The fast growing Big River BMX Club suffered a break-in on Monday night.
Six bikes, protective jerseys and pants plus helmets were taken in the raid on the club’s store-room at the sports ovals.
“It was a real kick in the guts when we are really still getting up and going,” club president Nicky Thomson said.
The stolen gear had been donated in past years by the Jingili club to help the Katherine club get on its feet after a long recess.
While the young thieves were quickly caught by police on Tuesday and most of the gear recovered, some was damaged and some still missing.
“They went through three padlocks to get in,” Mrs Thomson said.
She said the club’s 30-40 members competed on Saturdays and trained on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Those without the expensive equipment were able to use the club’s gear to further their interest in the sport.
“Clubs in Darwin have promised to help us out again,” she said.
The club is holding a come and try day on May 27 and was counting on its equipment to introduce new people to the sport.
“It can be an expensive sport but we are trying to encourage young people, and adults, to give it a go.”
Mrs Thomson said some Katherine residents may have some gear they could donate particularly helmets and clothing.
If so they can contact her on 0417 837 548.
“It’s not going to stop us, it’s just a set back,” she said.