Teenager shown the red card at football centre
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.”