Soccer prowess on school field upsets neighbour

One might say neighbours surrounding Dorothea Walker Elementary School are taking a serious kick in the teeth over local sports programming.

  • Mar. 11, 2011 3:00 p.m.

One might say neighbours surrounding Dorothea Walker Elementary School are taking a serious kick in the teeth over local sports programming.

At Wednesday’s Central Okanagan board of education meeting, Irvin Taylor managed to get school trustees on board with a plan to sort out how to stop the world’s fastest growing sport from taking over his life.

“I just think we should have some kind of compromise so we can have some breaks,” said Taylor.

He contends the fields are rented to children and teens morning, noon and night and, at times, see large groups lining up en masse to pelt balls at and over his fence.

Irvin says the streets are filled with cars, the balls constantly ring along the chain-link fencing and games or practices are scheduled on an unending continuum which takes little count of the neighbours’ needs for downtime. And then there is the disrespect they show by climbing into his yard without permission.

“When the U15/U16 players are on the field, they can shoot it like Pelé, that’s my age of soccer,” he said.

“…When my two-year-old granddaughter comes over…I’m going to be terrified when she’s in the backyard.”

The trustees acknowledged the soccer association had largely dismissed the concerns and committed to looking into the matter.-

Jennifer Smith is a Capital News reporter.

Just Posted

Giants ground Rockets in WHL action

Vancouver builds early lead, never looks back in 6-1 win at Langley Events Centre

Pedestrian hit at ‘dangerous’ Kelowna cross walk

Emergency officials responded to a cross walk that neighbours say is unsafe Saturday evening

Permitted burns in Okanagan mountains

Kelowna Fire Department says please don’t call 911

Pets sit in Santa’s lap

Kelowna - The Okanagan Small Dog Rescue Society held a pet photo opt today

Your weekend highlights

Each week, the Capital News will highlight stories from the week

Drones used in search for clues about missing women

A volunteer search party was supported by professional drone operators

Giants stop Rockets’ 4-game winning streak

Vancouver scored four first-period goals to down Kelowna in WHL action.

Start on time: Canucks looking to shake first-period struggles

Canucks centre Bo Horvat said the formula for getting a leg up is there for everyone to see

COMMUTER ALERT: Snowfall warnings in effect across B.C.

Travelling this weekend? Check the forecasts before hitting the road

Tips for keeping your personal data safe, from the experts

It’s important to keep your ‘online footprint’ safe

Lights to turn blue ahead of funeral for fallen Abbotsford police officer

Buildings across B.C. are going blue Saturday night in honour of Const. John Davidson

Ride-share pioneer drives up quietly to B.C. battleground

Lyft approaches B.C. without Uber bombast, eyes small towns

Massive monster truck tour held in Kelowna

Traxxas Monster Truck Tour will be here in January, 2018

Boomer radio expands

Kelowna resident Allen Holender continues to expand his network

Most Read