Chief’s fear for player safety

NILABE111129b2, Stanton Fc pitch, Ilkeston. Dean Kiss concerned at the amount of dog mess and litter left on the pitch.
NILABE111129b2, Stanton Fc pitch, Ilkeston. Dean Kiss concerned at the amount of dog mess and litter left on the pitch.

A FOOTBALL club chairman has blasted litter louts and irresponsible dog owners for leaving dangerous mess on his pitches.

Rob Kirk was forced to clear rubbish from Stanton Ilkeston FC’s pitches – including empty beer cans and glass bottles – and six piles of dog mess, before a home game on Saturday November 19.

Only two of the club’s 20 teams are senior sides – with most made up of children, some as young as eight, who Rob fears could be injured by broken glass or become ill after contact with dog mess.

He said this was one of many occasions in which pitches have had to be cleared of rubbish before matches, and enough is enough.

“This is not a safe environment for children to be playing in,” he explained.

“I despair at the lack of thought shown by dog owners and the general public passing over and around our pitch.”

After the match Rob returned to the pitch, which is leased to the club by Erewash Borough Council and is open to the public, and cleared a further seven bags of rubbish from the pitches and hauled them off to the tip.

“I appreciate it is not everyone that comes on to our site but, as usual, it is the minority spoiling it for everyone else,” he said

“It is obvious to anyone that it is a football pitch but it doesn’t seem to deter some people.”

He said the rubbish included bottles, cans, ready meal containers, crisp packets and sweet wrappers.

He continued: “All we ask is that people dispose of their rubbish sensibly and consider the fact that children will be using the area.”