Well we are constantly being told that the young are lazy couch potatoes and need healthy excercise fees represented do not help the would be healthy! How much was Tabard Park pitch? Why wont your little pitch be maintained? what reason do they give?
I agree it is a high price, but this is a charge levied for organised junior football (i.e. Saturday tournaments or school tournaments) where parents are paying £4 or something similar for their child to participate. My son was taking part in something similar in Southwark Park.
I agree though that local kids should have free use of the pitch for "unorganised" football and ball games. Lazy couch potatoes need healthy exercise!
There are small groups organised for the very small would be footballers, 4-6 and 7-9 if anyone would like details they can pm me...£2.00 an hour from 9-10am saturdays 4-6 year olds ,and £3.50 for 7-9 year old..from 10am to 11.30...Weather permitting either in the Hall , or Kingstairs Gardens.
Kids and adults can use the lovely footy pitch in The Marlborough Playground for free when it is not booked for league matches. I would contact Bankside Open Spaces Trust for details. I think the league games are in the evening judging by the booking website Marlborough league booking site