Teenager shown the red card at foot­ball cen­tre

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

A Cathkin teenager was left to wait nearly three hours for a game of foot­ball on his day off de­spite pitches ly­ing empty - be­cause he wasn’t al­lowed to play dur­ing school hours.

Con­nor Skey (15) planned to have a game of eight a-side foot­ball at To­ry­glen Sports Cen­tre dur­ing an in­ser­vice day on Mon­day, Novem­ber 23.

The Trin­ity High pupil, ar­rived at the cen­tre at 12.10pm but staff work­ing in the build­ing told Con­nor and his friends to “get out” be­cause they weren’t al­lowed to play dur­ing school time.

But Con­nor and his friends were then left to wait till 3pm in or­der to book a pitch that had been ly­ing empty for the ma­jor­ity of the day.

His dad Sean, was frus­trated that his son was left to hang around a su­per­mar­ket un­til they were al­lowed in­side the cen­tre.

He said: “There were three eleven a-side pitches ly­ing empty.

“The rule needs to be changed. It’s a bit un­fair.

“We al­ways talk about keep­ing teenagers on the straight and nar­row.

“He got there just af­ter 12 and the weather con­di­tions were ad­verse to say the least but he was keen to go and play foot­ball.

“Con­nor was pretty an­gry and up­set when he came in.

“He’s been go­ing there ev­ery Satur­day lunch time for two years. It’s not as if he’s not known, he goes there ev­ery week.

“It’s not a good mes­sage to send to kids, con­sid­er­ing it’s right be­side our na­tional sta­dium.

“No won­der the na­tional team is in such a state. We’re try­ing to en­cour­age kids to play foot­ball.

“I feel strongly about it be­cause we need to try and en­cour­age kids into sport.

“It’s ridicu­lous and it’s quite frus­trat­ing for the kids.”

Sean also phoned in to Clyde 1’s Su­per­score­board ra­dio pro­gramme on the Mon­day evening and got back­ing from pun­dits Hugh Keevins and Derek John­stone who agreed that some­thing needed to be done about let­ting stu­dents play foot­ball dur­ing an in-ser­vice day .

James Kelly, MSP for Ruther­glen, has writ­ten to the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Glas­gow City coun­cil on Sean’s be­half and is await­ing a re­ply.

A spokesman for Glas­gow Life, who run To­ry­glen Sports Cen­tre said: “We have a long­stand­ing ar­range­ment whereby young peo­ple are not al­lowed ac­cess to the fa­cil­ity dur­ing school hours.

“Out­with cur­ric­u­lar times, lo­cal chil­dren are en­cour­aged to utilise the fa­cil­i­ties at To­ry­glen with a nom­i­nal daily en­trance fee of £1 each which al­lows ac­cess from 10am un­til 4pm each day.”

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