Fatal accident leads to new goalpost guidelines for Welsh football clubs

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Following a 12-year-old Powys boy's death, the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has issued new guidelines concerning unsupervised pitches.

Goal Post

Casey Breese, from Newtown, was victim of a fatal accident in July 2011 when he was crushed by fallen goalposts.

Casey was playing football at a Caersws recreation ground that also hosts the village football club. An inquest found that he had suffered liver trauma and crush injuries.

Following an inquiry, Welsh football clubs have received 7 new guidelines on the use of goalposts, including instructions for dismantling and properly storing portable goals when not in use.

Clubs have also been forbidden the use of homemade goalposts altered from their original size.

Jonathan Ford, the FAW's chief executive, said in a letter to clubs and area associations: "Following the recent tragic events at the beginning of this season involving the use of portable goalposts, the Football Association of Wales considers it appropriate that all football clubs in Wales are provided with guidelines to ensure the safe and correct use of goal posts at all times."

"Safety must also always be of paramount importance both when goalposts are being used for a match or training purposes, and when not in use and are stored away."

Phil Woosnam, secretary of the Spar Mid Wales League, welcomed the FAW's initiative. "What happened last year is something that thankfully doesn't happen that often," he said.

"Our league clubs are very good at looking after their goalposts, but parks and recreational areas can be dangerous and we need to get town and community councils, which often maintain these pitches, on board."

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