Junior soccer clubs hit by pitch charge
9:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Letters
I write to the local Press as chairman of the Vale of Glamorgan Soccer Leagues.
For a number of seasons now we have had the astro pitch facility at Barry Sports made available to us - free of charge - from 9am until 12 noon on a Saturday morning for mini football. This was shared equally among all mini teams from under 8s to under 11s when pitches were deemed unplayable.
When we, as a committee, went to check to see if this was the case for the forthcoming season, it came as a complete shock to find out that Parkwood now want to charge us for this facility; and the goodwill gesture of having the pitch free of charge has gone.
The astro pitch is very rarely used on a Saturday morning, with hockey matches usually starting well after 12 noon.
Now we find that, over the winter months when games are called off for up to six weeks at a time, local talent will have nowhere to develop their skills; that is unless clubs pay for such venues as House of Sport, Gol, etc.
It's already very costly running mini and junior football clubs with kit, equipment, courses for coaches and indoor training and we cannot expect them to pay any more.
Kids are getting priced out of sport across the Vale as the cost for such facilities are rising and, in a period where we should be encouraging sports, we seem to be pricing ourselves out, leaving these children to become the hand held generation.
Yours a very upset.
Vale Soccer League chairman