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'Give us new football nets for King George V Playing Fields' urge community leaders

By citizenmike  |  Posted: April 21, 2014

By Mike Wilkinson

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Peter Barnes, Graham Booth, Eileen Barnes and John Powell from the Barnwood Community Partnership

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Community leaders are fighting for new goalposts for informal football at Barnwood’s King George V Playing Fields.

The park already enjoys facilities for Hucclecote Rugby Football Club and Hucclecote Football Club but residents want new goalposts that can be used by youngsters who want to play football informally, rather than as part of a club.

“At the moment they are having to use their coats and bags and goalposts,” said Anthony Powell, treasurer of the Barnwood Community Partnership.

Mr Powell, from nearby Upton Close, added: “I have been trying to get grants for football nets up there for a number of years now but the council say there is no space for them.

“We have got two pitches for the rugby club and five small pitches for the football club but they take their nets away with them. There is no space for informal football.

“I think there is a real need for something like this. Football is a great hobby for youngsters and we should encourage more of it.”

The group’s latest request to Gloucester City Council was turned down just a fortnight after the council approved its new open space strategy, in which it has pledged to create two new play areas every year for the next five years, as well as planting 5,000 new trees across the city.

A city council spokesperson said: “The area is well used by the community for sport including rugby, football and cricket. The playing field is already used by Hucclecote Rugby Football Club and by junior teams for the Hucclecote Football Club therefore there is insufficient space to accommodate further football posts in the area at the present time.”

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  • JeanGRIGG  |  April 21 2014, 9:22PM

    leave the post up all year might be thought provoking, both 4 rugby and if achieved football - it beggars belief how & when practice could take place ..... lets face it we could do with some good kickers in future years.jg Barnwood.

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  • Villager1950  |  April 21 2014, 10:28AM

    Ah, those magic words "give us"!!

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  • tishwash  |  April 21 2014, 9:39AM

    "We have got two pitches for the rugby club and five small pitches for the football club but they take their nets away with them. There is no space for informal football." Well that's because they'll no doubt be vandalised otherwise? What's wrong with using coats or bags as goal posts ? as a kid that's what everyone did?

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