In­juries spark ball ban

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE FAMILY LIFE - — Suzan Deliba­sic

A MEL­BOURNE school has out­raged par­ents af­ter im­pos­ing a ban on chil­dren us­ing their own foot­balls and soc­cer balls. A let­ter to par­ents from Dorset Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Palma Coppa said: “The school wel­fare team has dealt with a surge in sportre­lated in­juries in the play­ground due to im­pacts with play­ing balls that are over-in­flated and over-sized.” Ms Coppa said most in­juries re­lated to balls strik­ing chil­dren in the head and hands, and had re­sulted in some frac­tures and mild con­cus­sions. “In an ef­fort to en­sure safety of all of our chil­dren who play in the play­ground, we are pro­vid­ing chil­dren with the cor­rectly sized play­ing balls from the school’s PE sup­plies and in­struct­ing them not to bring balls from home,” she said. School par­ent Jodie Del Monaco, of Kil­syth, whose three chil­dren at­tend the school, said she was dis­ap­pointed by the school’s “ex­treme” de­ci­sion. “I’ve heard stu­dents are play­ing footy with a (school-sup­plied) vol­ley­ball,” Ms Del Monaco said. She said her nine-yearold son in Grade 4 was dis­traught by the de­ci­sion. “He’s re­ally dis­heart­ened be­cause he can’t play his favourite sports like down­ball any more,” she said.

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