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Grassroots Summer Football...Its Common Sense

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PARENTS are you tired of walking over muddy pitches to watch your child play football on oversized football pitches barely touching the ball AND all in the freezing cold, wind and rain? Thankfully the F.A addressed the issue of oversized pitches so our children have more contact with the what can we do with the freezing cold, wind and rain? Its easy, its staring us in the face...ITS COMMON SENSE, SUMMER FOOTBALL. SUMMER your child in tshirts, shorts and flip flops, pitches in better condition allowing you to bring prams & smaller members of the family, making a real family day of it. COACHES are you tired of watching your team play on pitches resembling a potato field due to the weather? Are you tired of cancellations of games for weeks on end due to the weather? Are you tired of your team being affected by the backlog of games due to work/school commitments? SUMMER the answer! Our children want to replicate the skills done by their footballing heroes, they cant do it in 5 inches of MUD! So lets see our children enjoy themselves, lets see them develop and enhance their skills in what seems the best environment for them to achieve this. WHAT ABOUT CLASHES WITH OTHER SPORTS???...What about it? Lets look after our own game. Many a football manager has lost a player to Rugby, it happens. ITS THE F.A's FAULT...No it isn't. Nick Levett, the FA’s National Development Manager for Youth Football, told Club Website: “What we’ve said to leagues is if they want to go to summer football – to March to November and have a break in July and August for school holidays – that’s no problem at all.” Football is about opinions, and football is traditionally a Winter sport and challenging traditions can certainly raise tensions and opinions but times change...and we are in a time where change is needed. There will be issues with local councils, no doubt but its not unassailable, lets all work together and MAKE IT HAPPEN. In a day and age we have the FA focusing on whats best for the developing of our nations younger players in regards to smaller pitches and more touches of the ball to compete with our European counter parts, we can NEVER do that if our children dont play enough football...due to the weather! Grassroots Summer Football...ITS COMMON SENSE. If your a long suffering parent/coach of these problems please sign and lets make this happen... for our childrens sake!

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