A rugby club has appealed to dog owners to clean up after themselves after having to pick up multiple piles of dog waste before a game.
Baglan RFC claimed the problem had been around for over ten years, with volunteer coaches having to clean up after “lazy” owners.
With the club recording a record breaking number of players and junior sections, it wants to highlight the dangers of dog poo for it’s players.
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Despite there being four poo bins situated around the field, club coaches say they have to inspect the pitch daily before every game for health and safety reasons.
And the club are not the only one suffering from “lazy owners”. A Kenfig Hill RFC player spent Christmas in hospital after his leg got infected with dog poo earlier last year.
The Baglan club have said no dogs are allowed on the field at any time.
“Yesterday my nephew was playing on the field and had it running all up and down his leg and last week we were picking up loads before a senior game, it is a regular occurrence” said committee member and coach Darryl Thomas.
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With the field being a popular destination for dog walkers, the club have looked at fencing off the surrounding area in order to combat the problem. But complications around planning permission and finances have meant the club have had to endure the dog mess issue.
“There are so many dangers surrounding it especially with children, it can blind them. It just feels like we are beating against a wall with it,” added Mr Thomas.
“If people had any common sense and knew of the risks they would not do it but that is not the case, there are idiots out there.”
With the pitch being used by around 200 children weekly alongside a first and second seniors team, the club argue the site is being used more now than ever.
“Nine times out of 10 one of our volunteer coaches has to pick something up, why are we having to take care of lazy owners, this is a job nobody wants.”
Baglan RFC Field
(Image: Google Maps)
With the club purchasing signs around the field and having CCTV installed in the hope of deterring the problem, the issue continues to exist.
“We have looked at naming and shaming in the past but it isn’t something we want to do, we just want people to take into account what it could potentially do to our players or even children.”
“You hear it all the time in the news, players losing a leg or something else, by then it’s too late” said Darryl.
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