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.

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