Every Wednesday, we ask your thoughts on the big grassroots football topic of the week. Today, it’s about how the British winter weather affects the grassroots season.
As the current cold snap causes more frustration for the UK’s amateur football community, many involved in the game question why we continue to battle the winter weather.
The majority of the grassroots football programme was cancelled last weekend as a blanket of snow hit many parts of the country last Friday, while this weekend’s fixtures remain in doubt for many.
This is not the first weather-enforced break for many clubs this season, with heavy rain and waterlogged pitches in the latter months of 2012 putting paid to numerous weekends of football for some.
Postponements cause inevitable fixture backlogs and lead to double-headers at the end of the season, whilst many games that beat the weather will be played on pitches resembling a quagmire at this time of year.
So the big question in the grassroots football community this week – and at least once every season – is whether we should switch the season to the summer months.
It’s a question we raised as the snow began to fall on Friday and it caused such a stir that we’re asking it again for our big weekly debate.
Should the grassroots football season be changed to March – October to avoid the winter weather?
We’ve been asking the question via our Club Website poll and the results so far are split, with around half of you wanting to see at least some football moved to a summer game (17% say move kids football only; 34% say move all football to summer).
Currently one in four would like to see a winter break, while a similar number don’t want to see any change to the current setup, happy to stick with the traditional August – May season.
It’s a question that will run and run, so it’s over to you to join in the debate!
Have your say on summer football!
What do you think about a potential summer season for grassroots football?
Should we at least allow kids to play the game in the summer months, as they do in Scotland, to give them the best opportunity to develop their skills on decent pitches?
Or would a summer season cause clashes with other sports and pitch availability? And what about player availability over the summer holidays? Other summer sports cope with that, so why wouldn’t football?
And how about a winter break? A great idea for many, but when should the break be applied and how long should it be? We can’t predict the weather, so how do we know when to take a break?
We want to hear YOUR thoughts, so please leave your comments below or join in the debate on our Facebook or Twitter pages. Of course, don’t forget to cast your vote in our Club Website poll on your own club or league website, or here on our demo site.
Get involved – it’s your view that counts!