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DYFL training disrupted by dog fouling

Dog fouling causes issues for youth footballers

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By Cameron Middleton
DYFL training disrupted by dog fouling

Training at DYFL (Dunoon Youth Football League) has had to be paused during some evenings recently, as irresponsible dog owners in the area have been letting their mess at the astroturf cages adjacent to the stadium.

Coaches, who give up their time to volunteer at the football club, have now resorted to bringing waste bags to clean dog fouling, which is delaying the children’s playing time.

A spokesperson from the club said: “We are constantly cleaning up dog fouling on the pitch before training sessions and it appears that some irresponsible dog owners are using the pitch to give their dogs exercise and not cleaning up after them.

“I have contacted the council this morning and they will be putting up notices to deter dog owners. We also have some pictures of people that have been caught letting their dogs use the pitch and when challenged on this, the coach was told to get lost but not quite in those words.

“It has now come to it that coaches have to carry poo bags along with footballs and either training equipment which is a real shame.

“We have posted on the local community groups which did seem to help, but the problem has now come back again.”

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