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Training ground concerns

PUBLISHED: 10:35 17 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 05 July 2010

IN this area all of the local football teams and managers spend a lot of their time trying to develop and encourage boys and girls to play football.

You read about kids obesity and kids causing trouble on the streets and joining gangs.

IN this area all of the local football teams and managers spend a lot of their time trying to develop and encourage boys and girls to play football.

You read about kids obesity and kids causing trouble on the streets and joining gangs. Without football or any sport I am sure this would be worse, but without venues and people like Mr and Mrs Read there would be no sport.

As a youth football manager at U14 level it is getting harder and harder to find winter training facilities. The all weather pitches are expensive and not all clubs can afford to send their teams there.

Training indoors all the surfaces are hard with a higher risk of injury to the kids. Mr and Mrs Read are providing an excellent facility where kids can be trained and developed in a safe environment, keeping them away from the television, keeping them off the streets. This is a facility, which you wouldn't even know existed until you were upon it, even when the lights were on.

As for vehicles, parents tend to share lifts, which cuts traffic by half and these are cars, not great big 4x4 vehicles and horse boxes, which the locals and council don't seem to mind.

I am sure the council were very proud last year of Lowestoft Town going to Wembley.

Without youth football there is no Lowestoft Town and without training facilities there is no football.

NICK AYERS

Hall Lane

Oulton

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