AUSSIE Primary school has outraged parents after imposing a ban on children using their own footballs and soccer balls.
A letter to parents from Dorset Primary School principal Palma Coppa said: “The school welfare team has dealt with a surge in sport-related injuries in the playground due to impacts with playing balls that are over inflated and oversized.
“We have also noted a large increase in the number of balls being brought from home,” Ms Palma said in the letter.
She said the majority of injuries related to balls striking children in the head and hands, and had resulted in some fractures and mild concussions, reports news.com.au.
“In an effort to ensure safety of all of our children who play in the playground, we are providing children with the correctly sized playing balls from the school’s PE supplies and instructing them not to bring balls from home.”
Ms Palma said: “We know that some students will be disappointed with this decision, however we must act to ensure the safety of our students and their games will continue in a safer manner.”
Ms Coppa added the school had not banned ball games and continued to encourage their students to play sport.
“We’ve had children suffer broken bones and head injuries from balls that are meant to used by adults and by providing balls at school it’s no longer necessary for students to bring in their own,” Ms Coppa said.
“Children will always be allowed to play ball games at our school,” she said.
“I’ll be speaking to our school community to see how this approach is working in Term 3.”
We at MoM think this is a great call
Last year there were calls to ban kids from using hard cricket balls in public parks and at cricket grounds due to safety concerns that “someone will die.” We totally supported that ban, find out why here.
Balls can really do some damage. Especially if kids are taking adult sized balls to school.
Our kids have also learnt the hard way about taking things to school (toys or sports equipment). It generally results in something being lost, stolen or taken away for some reason or other.
Schools should provide students with a variety of equipment that is easily accessible to them as needed.
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