Where are the Grassroots football pitches

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As a kid there was never a shortage of football pitches ,and to my knowledge only 1 or 2 cricket pitches and not many more rugby pitches! 25 years on Edinburgh city council are replacing good football pitches with cricket (we aren't even good at it)pitches and rugby pitches,why is this? Teams are packing in football as they have nowhere to play, everyone goes on at there being too many obese kids but we prevent them exercising for a sport that the players spend most time standing still? Surely this has to change, I coach a boys football team and we are fortunate enough to have our own pitch , at the rate Edinburgh council are going at ,closing down or replacing perfectly good pitches we won't have anyone left to play! Football is also bonding time between a father or mother and a son or daughter !

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