Havelock youth leagues say they need more space

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 01:56 PM.

A lack of lights is a concern for the soccer association as well.

"It would be great if we could have another complex where we could rotate fields around," Verduzco said.

Youth sports organizers said the leagues were important to help keep children out of trouble and on the right path.

"It gives them an avenue to expend their energy," Walton said. "It teaches them sportsmanship, teamwork and a sense of camaraderie for they feel a part of something so they’re not going to go out and find something to be a part of. I think that’s a big part. Having them an actual place to go to is beneficial."

Verduzco said the leagues give children structure.

"They look forward to it," he said. "It gives them something to look forward to and keeps their minds off of those terrible things that they could have done like drugs and crime and all that. It definitely benefits the kids. Any sport benefits them. Whatever sport they play I think is good for them."

Whether they agree or disagree with the need for recreation space, residents along Lewis Farm Road came out in strong opposition to the proposed park during a meeting last month.

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