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Boys playing football in the street

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hibbledibble Fri 10-Jul-15 21:02:03

I haven't said anything as I don't know if I am being unreasonable.

Two boys, aged around 10 are kicking a ball around on the street.

It makes me a bit twitchy as I'm worried they will kick it through a window, or into our brand new car. My brother broke several windows playing football as a child so that's where this worry comes from.

At 9pm I think they should probably be in too.

What do you think?

Writerwannabe83 Fri 10-Jul-15 21:04:34

There are always boys playing football in our street and I have no problem whatsoever in going out there and "saying something" grin

AgentProvocateur Fri 10-Jul-15 21:07:25

Just leave them. They're not doing any harm. Talk to them IF they break a window of hit a car. They'll go in soon.

Haffdonga Fri 10-Jul-15 21:09:04

Kids playing out on a lovely warm evening is such a rare thing these days. I think you should leave them to it and enjoy the neighbourly feel it will bring you.

Ledare Fri 10-Jul-15 21:09:31

Our NDN DC are doing it as well, having moved on from shrieking on the trampoline and shouting for their parents over and over and OVER again from the end of the garden.

There is something about the noise of a ball bouncing smacking against things that makes me want to scream. I don't know why confused

I am going to modify the House Stark Words and adopt, "Winter is Fucking Brilliant" for mine.

hibbledibble Fri 10-Jul-15 21:11:31

Same for me ledare every kick and I'm worried something will be broken. I realise it is my incredibly accident prone brother who has caused this anxiety.

Lurkedforever1 Fri 10-Jul-15 21:12:50

Yabu. They aren't damaging your property, and it's not too late for children that age to be out, they're doing what kids are meant to be doing

BlueberryWafer Fri 10-Jul-15 21:14:10

Yabvu! It's much better than them sitting inside playing on a games console! What has the world come to that children can't play football in the street?!

youbethemummylion Fri 10-Jul-15 21:14:22

When I was little in the 80s some windows did smash from a football but these days you would have to kick the ball bloody hard to break a window. Unless it's a classic car, greenhouse or single glazed house windows. I think they need to be in by 9:30/10 though otherwise the noise is verging on anti social.

Floralnomad Fri 10-Jul-15 21:17:31

Provided they are playing outside their own homes i don't think there is much you can say until they actually hit your car etc . If they come from further up the road tell them to go outside their own houses .

hibbledibble Fri 10-Jul-15 21:19:07

I agree it is great they are out playing, but just thought that a local park might be a better place to kick a ball (there are lots around here).

I accept I may be morphing into a grumpy old girl.

Ledare Fri 10-Jul-15 21:20:58

I don't know... When I was young, children played in parks, not in the street. Maybe there were more of them around then, or children were allowed out at a younger age.

We don't have pavements in my street so they are in the actual road with their ball / bikes, just after a blind bend. It's a bit baffling, that. There is a park a bit further up. I expect their parents want them where they can see them in front of the house but it's a bloody dangerous place to play. My other neighbour is so worried she wants to report to the HA.

Teabagbeforemilk Fri 10-Jul-15 21:21:26

Yabu. They are doing what kids do.

Really dislike this thinking. It's their street too, assuming they live on it.

Ledare Fri 10-Jul-15 21:21:48

X-post about parks OP.

<links arms grumpily>

BackInTheRealWorld Fri 10-Jul-15 21:23:20

If they break a window then you talk to them or their parents or the police. If they don't break a window then you don't.

However, spending all your time now stressing and worrying that maybe at some point down the line they might break something is very sensible and not a pointless waste of time at all. Enjoy.

primulaprimulina Fri 10-Jul-15 21:25:48

A street is a residential area, NOT a football pitch. We have had all sorts of damage caused to our property by footballs, (car wing panal dent, car windscreen wiper broken, wing mirror broken, plant tubs knocked over, plants flattened, hanging baskets knocked off wall, gate panals broken) the list goes on. We got in touch with our local neighbourhood police team and local estate officer and the kids' parents were given warnings. This problem can ruin your life so those who say 'they're not doing any harm' have obviously not suffered with this type of nuisance. Call the police and get these kids moved!

Teabagbeforemilk Fri 10-Jul-15 21:27:30

prim in your case they have caused damage. Thy haven't in the ops case. Complete waste of police time. I don't like dogs. Don't complain about people walking their dogs past my house several times a day

CharlieAustinsMagicHat Fri 10-Jul-15 21:44:37


Some of my happiest childhood memories are of playing football out until it was almost too dark to see the ball. Somebody tried to stop us by putting up a 'No Ball Games sign' until the local police told them to take it down.

BlueberryWafer Fri 10-Jul-15 22:11:51

Count yourself lucky, OP - we had the words "fuck off" carved into the paintwork on our car a few weeks ago! Can we swap - I'll have the footballs grin
I may have been hasty before, if there are parks nearby then yes, they probably would be best playing football there.

MayPolist Fri 10-Jul-15 22:15:41

It's a public road ie theirs as much as yours

Lurkedforever1 Fri 10-Jul-15 22:18:10

I imagine they aren't in the park at 9 for the same reason my dd and her friends aren't even in summer when it's light. Up to 8 or so yes, but after that the group that provides safety in numbers generally disperses homewards and I like her within my/ another parents sight.

shadypines Fri 10-Jul-15 23:34:00

Hi OP, I see both sides of this one as I;ve been on both sides i.e. my children have kicked balls in the street and I;ve been on the receiving end (and not a nice one) of neighbours kids doing it.

I think it depends on a couple of things, like how are they kicking it? Just tapping it to each other's feet or big kicks that are obviously louder and make you on edge that they are going to cause damage? If it's the latter then I think you have a perfect right to go out and ask them to be careful near your property. Have they actually hit your car at all?

I also think 9pm is getting quite late but I suppose on light summer nights you have to be a bit more tolerable. I always made mine stop the ball kicking around 9pm being conscious of the fact it's getting late and it's quite noisy.

sweetgrape Sat 11-Jul-15 00:24:52

It's a public road ie theirs as much as yours
Public roads aren't for football though.

sweetgrape Sat 11-Jul-15 00:27:56

Where I used to live there were some boys who'd start playing football atmidnight. I had to go out many times and ask them to stop.

Yellowbird54321 Sat 11-Jul-15 00:34:01

YABU - when I read your thread title I smiled and thought good for them and why not?

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