In praise of street football
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Street football has long been a defining memory in the careers of many an amateur footballer, but all that seemed to come into question in Gloucestershire. The Daily Mirror reported that letters from Gloucestershire Police had been sent to people in Linden, encouraging them to report “anti-social behaviour such as children playing in the road with balls,” before adding that children could potentially damage cars, as well as putting themselves in danger. However, as long as the game is played in safe conditions where children are respectful and aware of their surroundings, there are many reasons why street football can be a force for good.
The football production lineIt might not seem logical to suggest a battered old street provides a better proving ground for a footballer than the £120 million St George’s Park training facility, but Neymar didn’t become the most expensive player of all time as a result of a well-furnished changing room. Brazil’s jewel in the crown told football magazine FourFourTwo that street football “definitely helped me to develop a fast game and that Brazilian smartness”. From there Neymar moved to futsal, where close control and individual skill are an even more essential component – and there aren’t many who entertain quite like him. The best flair players in the world developed their skills in the concrete jungle – for the good of the future of the beautiful game, street football must be preserved.
The not-so-great outdoorsThe Department for Education says that: “Between November 2001 and April 2010, approval was given to the disposal of 242 playing fields,” suggesting that green spaces in which football can be played are declining. Furthermore, an NHS article suggested in 2015 that more than half the UK’s population could be obese by 2050.
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