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Shattered glass filled pitch leaves dad in dismay 

 Published on: 26th March 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

An Abbots Langley father was outraged after turning up to his son’s weekly football session to find shattered shards of glass scattered over the pitch. 

Stephen Edwards was left in dismay after his arrival at Watford Leisure Centre Woodside when he noticed scattered glass shards on the astro turf where his son was about to play football. 

Stephen said: “My son trains there every Saturday morning with Abbots Youth FC and when I went to tell a member of staff, they told me that they had been extremely busy. 

“It shows that they don’t put the kids’ safety first. I believe that if I hadn’t posted my outrage on Facebook, nothing would have been done.”

Stephen took to Facebook to voice his concern over the hazard, which caught the attention of Councillor Stephen Cavinder. 

Cllr Cavinder took matters into his own hands and brought it up with Everyone Active’s management. 

Stephen Edwards said: “If the councillor hadn’t of got involved, I don’t think this would have been taken seriously and there wouldn’t have been an investigation, like there since has been.

“Thankfully no one was hurt but it could have been a lot worse, the eldest that were playing on that pitch were no older than five. 

“When they arrive they all run onto the pitch. If one of them had slipped, that would have been a completely different story.

“I have since been in touch with the general manager who has assured me that further action has been taken and it is being dealt with.” 

Everyone Active contract manager, Gary Foley, said: “Customer safety is our number one priority, and our pitches are inspected before opening and at scheduled times throughout the day to make sure the playing surfaces are clear and safe.  

“We have met with the customer involved to apologise for the incident and reassure them of our safety procedures and the measures we have in place that will prevent this from happening again.” 

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