Case 108 - Footballs banned from school playgrounds


A letter sent to the parents of children at a primary school stated that for health and safety reasons football will no longer be allowed on the infant playground at break and lunchtimes due to restricted space and the unfortunate events of several pupils having been kicked in the face by a football. Another school has also banned what they call "dangerous footballs" – with only foam balls allowed.

Panel decision

There is no health and safety legislation which bans children playing with footballs. All that is needed is a proportionate approach to manage these everyday activities while the children are in the care of the school.