Plans for 3g pitches overshadowed by cancer fears
Greg Dyke, the FA chairman who is soon to leave, has a plan to build over 500 3g pitches. However, some experts believe that the rubber infill used for the pitch could cause cancer.
Former NHS trust chief executive Nigel Maguire was one of the first if not the first to report the risk. His son, Lewis (pictured), played on a 3g pitch once a week and Nigel believes that the cancer is down to the rubber infill. The disease does run in the family though.
Greg Dyke believes it will ‘transform football’ to the next level, but he may now be having second thoughts.
The big appeal of 3g pitches is that they can be played on for 80 hours a week compared to normal grass, which can only tolerate 5 hours.
“We clearly haven’t got enough coaches when you compare us to other European nations, or good facilities compared to other European countries and we haven’t won as many tournaments as they have,” admitted Dyke, back in 2014.
The FA have discussed their vision for “football hubs”, which on these new pitches could host a mixture of school and community sessions during the day, youth coaching and matches in the evening and weekends. Dyke seems to want to follow in the footsteps of Germany as they have around 3700 public 3g football pitches.
Apart from the possible serious health risks, these pitches are hugely expensive, costing around £230 million to build.
Will, Year 5
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy