In the October school holidays, Letham Football Club ran a competition allowing kids that played football on their fantastic 3G pitch to film their goals and win prizes from it. The competition was run for the two weeks that the schools were on holiday, and dozens of entries were made to the 'Seven Acres Perth' facebook page, and achieved over 650 likes across them all. I spoke to Letham Club Secretary, Jon Kidd about this competition.
"The idea came about during the summer holidays, when a lot of the kids were taking videos of themselves on their phones playing football. So, we thought this would be a nice way of capturing their attention during the holidays by keeping them occupied, and offering a prize. The prize is that the winner received £50 in vouchers for the retailer of their choice". Click here to view the winning goal of the competition, scored by Kyle Green.
Letham Community Sports Centre have been encouraging kids to come and play football on the pitch by charging extraordinary low prices to allow them to use the facility. "We encourage the kids in the community to come and use this facility as much as possible, as it keeps them off the streets or games consoles and engaged in exercise. We charge £1 to play for 3 hours, and £2 for 6 hours, and so on. The principle behind it is that as a community club, it is important for our facilities to be an asset to the wider community. We do have a price structure in place for people who wish to reserve and use the pitch but we recognised that young kids are unlikely to book in this way".
Other than keeping the kids off the streets, Jon feels there are many other positives: "The facility offers us an ideal opportunity to encourage physical activity, provide a safe space for kids to play and by charging a nominal fee we can also help to teach kids the value of money. Throughout the school holidays we open all day for the kids to play in a safe staffed space under CCTV and on a top class surface". Whilst on the topic of CCTV, check out this goal caught by the CCTV as the groundsmen at '7 Acres Sports Centre' were locking up for the night.
It's not just the kids that feel the benefits of meeting new friends and exercising said Jon. "This is of massive benefit to parents in providing holiday time activities, to community wardens and the local community in reducing anti-social behaviour. As a result we have children coming here from all over Perth and surrounding areas. We have no plans to stop offering this at any point in the foreseeable future".