January 19, 2009

Principal defends soccer ban

A British elementary school principal said she banned soccer on the school's lawn to protect the school from the costs of damaged grass.

Kath Coyle, head teacher at England's Aintree Davenhill school, said the soccer ban is aimed at preventing the school from having to pay hundreds of dollars to replace grass ruined by playing sports, the Liverpool Echo reported Monday.

Coyle said the ban, which has been sharply criticized by parents and anti-obesity campaigners, will be lifted when the weather warms, likely in March.

She said the damage the grass would have incurred without the ban would have left the yard unavailable to students for a longer period of time.