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Parents' disbelief as sports day axed over dew on grass

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 09, 2013

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PARENTS have branded a decision to postpone a school sports day because of dew on the grass as "health and safety gone mad".

They have spoken out after plans to hold the early years event at Pennard Primary School were shelved yesterday morning because the ground was said to be saturated.

Mums and dads first found out about the change of plans at 7.52am when they were sent a text from the school.

The school's head teacher Sharon Freeguard said the grass was a health and safety risk and the sports day would now be held on Monday instead.

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The rest of the school competed during the course of yesterday afternoon.

A parent governor also defended the move as being in the interests of children's safety.

But one local resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "It's ridiculous they cancelled the sports day because of dew on the grass.

"It's health and safety gone mad."

Mum-of-three Donna Chandler, 34, of Llanelli, who took to Twitter to complain about the situation, said: "What?!

"Is dew a health and safety issue these days then, completely ridiculous!"

St Clears leisure club Llety Cynin also tweeted: "What happened to common sense?

"It should be a subject on the National Curriculum!!"

House Swap Wales, on Twitter, added: "Health and Safety gone mad!"

But head teacher Sharon Freeguard said: "Friday afternoon's sports day went ahead but the one for the early years didn't.

"The grass was very wet and was dangerous. We had some sea fog overnight.

"We have postponed it because of health and safety and because the grass was too saturated. The ground was wet.

"We have informed the parents."

She added the school was looking to play host to the sporting event next week.

"The weather forecast is better for Monday," she added.

Sarah Joiner, parent governor at Pennard Primary School, defended the move and said: "A team of staff inspected the ground early this morning and the grass was saturated. Acting in the best interests of our children, the sports day for the three to four year olds has been postponed until Monday.

"My son is in the nursery class and I'm thankful that his safety was the prime concern of staff."

A spokesman for Pennard Primary School added: "As the grass was very wet and slippery because of thick morning sea fog we are holding the sports day on Monday instead so our three and four-year-olds can enjoy themselves in the sunshine.

"The Friday afternoon sports day for our older pupils went ahead as planned and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves."

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  • IanMacKinlay  |  July 09 2013, 12:07PM

    Now we have had good weather for a few days the ground is likely to be too hard from the point of view of health and safety.

  • sgdavies  |  July 08 2013, 8:20AM

    Fascists! from the LEA, and Local council authorities!

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  • arnoldlane  |  July 07 2013, 8:23PM

    So what if the grass was wet from a shower of rain.

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  • Jiffy  |  July 06 2013, 7:21PM

    This *story* made the front page of today's EP. It may be petty, but it's much better than reading about a murder, a nasty accident or some political nonsense. I look forward to many more front page nonsense stories.

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  • godisalie  |  July 06 2013, 1:20PM

    Dew Dew.

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