Football and Ball Games Complaints

When are ball games not anti-social behaviour?

Photo showing three happy young people with a football

In most of the complaints we receive it is not the playing of ball games that is the problem, rather the manner in which they are conducted.  The key to tackling this conflict is to reach a compromise that satisfies everybody.

Younger children playing a game of football with an air-filled plastic ball are less likely to disturb because they simply do not have the strength to hit a ball very hard.  For example, if an eight-year old accidentally kicks a 'beach'-style ball at a window, annoying though this may be, it is unlikely to cause damage.  However, if a twelve year-old hits a leather football, cricket ball or tennis ball at a car or window there is a risk of damage and any victim would, understandably, be upset.