Youth football players in Wellington will soon be scoring touchdowns on a brand new field at Wellington Community Park.
After clearing dead trees and removing an unused tee ball field from the northwest corner of the park, public works superintendent Bob Brasee said the now-open space has been needed.
“It’s hard to find 100 yards of open space for a field,” he said. “It wasn’t until after we cleared out the trees the thought occurred to me to measure for a football field. Right now, we have about 65 yards of space. Hopefully, we’ll be able to finish by next year, but the north end still needs a lot of dirt.”
Wellington’s four youth football teams, all part of the Lake Erie Youth League, play games at Wellington High School’s Dickson Street stadium and practice on baseball outfields at Wellington Community Park.
Teams are divided into two tackle and two flag squads. Third-, fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders play tackle while kindergarten through second grade plays flag.
“It will be so nice to have something dedicated for us,” said Wellington Youth Football Association director Amanda Lawson, who’s heading into her seventh year on the job. “Having five teams, including Wellington High School, on one field equals a lot of practice time and space meant just for our kids will certainly help out with field availability.”
She said Wellington youth football has never had a space to call its own. The village and league officials are also working on installing new goalposts at the field.
“I’m super appreciative to the village and even more excited about what it means for the kids,” she said. “They’re going to have an even better opportunity to grow in the program. It’s a great step. We as a league have offered to help in any way we can in getting the field completed.”
Mayor Hans Schneider said creating the field will be a two-year project.
“Finding a place for the youth football program to call their own has been an ongoing goal,” he said. “Hopefully, this fulfills that need once it’s completed.”
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