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I met the chairman of Worthing Town FC on awkward terms during their tournament at Palentine Park a few weeks ago.

It was regarding the terrible parking of some of the footballers’ parents, and the way they left the road rather dangerous for pedestrians and other road users.

Myself and the chairman spent about an hour watching the road conditions, and it was clear that some drivers had no sense of what they were doing in relation to parking.

We were met by a couple of other worried residents who voiced their opinions.

I took notes of some of the worst situations.

After I got home I made some enquires and have offered to assist next year in helping to keep the roads clear, with the help of a team that I’m a member of.

This, I hope, may ease the situation and help keep other residents calm.

Since the event the chairman and I have been in contact a few times and I was invited to the award ceremony last night at the Assembly Hall.

Can I just say, what a fabulous show.

It’s so wonderful to see so many talented young men, and young ladies, collecting their awards.

They were, of course, trying their best to act cool, but you could see the beaming smiles under their coolness.

They were obviously chuffed, as were their parents too, and so they should be.

Going back over 60 years ago some of these young men would have been preparing themselves to go to war for their country.

Nowadays, they prepare themselves to play football for their town.

It’s not easy getting a young child ready to go out in the cold and wet on a Saturday or Sunday morning – I know that from my own experience with an 11-year-old son.

The age of these youngsters is the age some young people go off on the wrong direction in life and find themselves in trouble with the law.

What the trainers of these football clubs do is vital to the youngster growing up and it takes a lot of time and effort to teach them essential skills that aren’t just for the pitch, it’s for life!

Football is important for the mind, body and health, and available widely.

I couldn’t stay to the end but for the best part of an hour that I did see them, it was one of the best hours I’d spent in observing something I’m not involved with.

May I congratulate not only the young boys and girls, and their parents, who played their part, but to the organisers of the club and the football teams for persevering.

I hear a lot of parents saying how cold or soaked through they are standing on the side lines.

Worthing Town FC have 44 teams. If you have 12 players in a team that’s over 500 young people to organise.

Some of the trophies are still without sponsors, so if you are a corporation that would like to sponsor one of their awards please get in touch with the club on 01903 243449, or the chairman at tonylelliott@gmail.com

Sponsorship helps them with the purchase of their club kits and releases more money to train their coaches and pay for their match competitions.

Well done and good luck for the next season.

Julian Warrick


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