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Chesterfield coaches complain about 'unsanitary' fields

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Some Chesterfield coaches are speaking out about what they call unsafe conditions on the field. There are two county football leagues that boast more than 2,000 young people.

"These kids deserve better. These parents deserve better," said Nathan George who is president of the Chesterfield Falcons football team. "I think that nobody has ever dared speak up."

Online registration is underway, but George says field conditions are not safe for kids ranging in age from 5 to 14-years-old.

The Chesterfield Falcons are appealing their Reams Road Elementary school field assignment. The field does not have running water or a restroom. 

"This is a necessity," said Alex Bryant who is the team founder and athletic director.  "The kids have to use the restroom. It is not sanitary for the boys to have to go to the facilities in the woods."

Concerned coaches and parents took their concerns to the Parks and Recreation Advisory committee, but the group forwarded this issue to a committee. Keep in mind, up to 120 players and cheerleaders practice on these fields.

"Last year we played with one portable potty that was rarely changed," said George. 

We took those concerns to Chesterfield Parks and Recreation director Mike Golden.

"Ultimately, you have the final say?" we asked Golden.

"That's right," replied Golden. "I'm glad that the folks brought this issue up to us. If the chemical toilets are not sufficient we have the capability to take care of that and make that better."

The next meeting is May 1, 2014. The coaches say they just want a field where young students can have the basic amenities. 

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