OPINION: I am writing in relation to the news article "Football stoush heading for round two" (TDN, Sept 3).
I am an ex-Taranaki rep soccer player and I am still an avid soccer fan. In my sporting opinion Taranaki Soccer are doing what is right for the children of Taranaki.
By Taranaki Soccer forming the "rebel group" which moved away from Central Football, this has enabled children from all walks of life in Taranaki to be able to enjoy and play the sport that is extremely underrated in New Zealand.
For families who cannot afford the fees that Central Football charge, Taranaki Soccer has provided an excellent alternative which enables children who come from struggling families to play the sport and keep out of trouble.
New Zealand is all about healthy living and exercising and New Zealand prides itself on the All Blacks, All Whites, Black Sticks, etc. Why then, when a group of people who love the sport of soccer and want to see children participate in the game, are they branded as the "bad" people?
My understanding is that when the children who are playing for Taranaki Soccer get to the age where they are able to play in the Taranaki rep teams, then they will be playing for Central Football. Which is great!
I only wish that there was a group of dedicated people in Waikato who would offer children the same opportunity that Taranaki Soccer offers the children of Taranaki.
ANNE-MARIE WILSON (BURKITT)
- © Fairfax NZ News
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