Glass on football pitch used by kids ‘disgraceful’

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Politicians have condemned vandals who have been smashing glass at  football pitches used by youngsters.

Coaches for Islay Youth Football Club appealed to the culprits to stop throwing beer bottles onto the pitch, and leaving smashed glass at the Bowmore pitches.

On two recent Saturdays, they have found glass bottles – thrown over the four-metre-high perimeter fence of the all-weather pitch, and broken glass.

The incidents have been strongly criticised by the local community who have said the police will be notified.

Donald Cameron, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said: ‘I find it absolutely staggering that anyone could act so stupidly as to deliberately smash bottles at a community facility like this.

‘This kind of reckless action is disgraceful. Children deserve to be able to play sport safely.’

Youth coach Allan Logan reported the incidents on the Islay Community Noticeboard Facebook page.

He said: ‘On behalf of all the coaches and kids of Islay Youth Football Club we would like to ask whoever thinks it’s cool to be smashing glass bottles up at Bowmore football pitches and surrounding areas – it’s not cool and if you see this post we ask you politely to stop.’

He said broken glass was a safety hazard for children playing football and it meant they have had to clean up and scan every metre of the pitch before they can let youngsters play.

‘It’s hard enough at the moment making everything Covid compliant for the kids to play without having to clean up this every week,’ said Mr Logan.

Councillor Alastair Redman, who represents Kintyre and the Islands, said: ‘It is wrong that the organisers should have to spend time carefully checking the pitch to ensure that the players come to no harm from shards of glass.

‘I really hope that the culprit gets the message and we see no repetition of this deplorable activity.’

The haul of bottles
Bottles of beer have been lobbed onto the pitch at Islay