Hockey play­ers need more turf

POST Newspapers - - Letters - Siob­han Ng Monash Av­enue, Ned­lands

I have been dis­tressed to see the name call­ing as­so­ci­ated with the dis­cus­sion on the West­side Wolves hockey turf pro­posal.

Pub­lic de­bate should be con­fined to facts.

The pro­posed syn­thetic turf is needed and will al­le­vi­ate the pres­sure on turf time for all our clubs, so it will help the Wolves, Li­ons, YMCC and UWA as well as other clubs.

The west­ern sub­urbs have fewer hockey turfs per player than any other place in Aus­tralia.

Mel­bourne has one for ev­ery 200 play­ers and Perth one for 1900 – and the west­ern sub­urbs are the worst off.

The Mt Clare­mont Oval site is per­fect, a sport precinct sur­rounded by green space.

The lo­cal pri­mary school has al­ready got am­ple green space when com­pared with sim­i­lar schools, with nat­u­ral fea­tures (hills) pro­tect­ing res­i­dents from noise and sight lines.

A sport played by all age groups will counter the obe­sity, cancer, heart dis­ease and stroke epi­demic, and play­ing com­mu­nity sport has been shown to im­prove men­tal health.

Many play­ers from other codes switch to hockey later in life be­cause it is not re­ally vi­able for them to con­tinue in their codes due to in­juries.

I urge Ned­lands coun­cil to take this op­por­tu­nity to make a de­ci­sion to im­prove the fu­ture for our kids.

Keep­ing kids play­ing sport is im­por­tant to their phys­i­cal and men­tal health.

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