STRIKING footballers concerned about rising pitch fees have received support from abroad.
This weekend as many as 10,000 junior footballers from across the north west could boycott matches in support of our junior teams.
And as other leagues give their backing to Sefton’s threatened teams, news of their plight has gone international.
This weekend a number of teams from the Craven Minor Junior Football League and Bootle JFL will not play scheduled matches in protest at proposed pitch fee rises of more than 300%.
They have received the backing of the St Helens and Rainford JFL, Edge Hill JFL and the Scotland Road League. And boycott organiser Kenny Saunders, who coaches junior teams at Woolton FC in Liverpool, has also received messages of support from Australia.
A manager from Bunbury Dynamos in western Australia contacted Kenny to explain his club was hit by similar problems.
He said: “My local junior club Bunbury Dynamos now pays over $2,000 per year, that would be about £1,500. We could purchase a lot of much needed equipment with that kind of money.
“By levying the fees on organised sport and not on people who use the grounds for individual purposes the fees are discriminatory.”
For details of the boycott and on a protest organised for the weekend, email: kennylfc9@ gmail.com