Ball games are fun for children and young people but they can become a nuisance and frustrating for others.
They can cause friction in neighbourhoods that are usually very peaceful.
Children have a right to play, and it is important they can exercise and interact with other children. Play is crucial to a child’s development, and should be encouraged.
But everyone has a right to enjoy their home, know their property is safe and the right to be treated respectfully.
Tips for keeping the peace
Budding footballers, cricketers, sports people and parents:
• Respect other residents’ right to a peaceful and safe environment
• Smaller grassed areas outside homes may only be suitable for younger children
• Encourage older children to play somewhere more suitable
• If you have to play in the street, use a soft ball to prevent damage to other people’s property
• Keep the noise levels down and don’t let your game become anti-social
• Don’t use bad language
• Be aware of your own safety and the safety of other road users
• Always ask permission before getting a ball from somebody’s garden
• Ball games shouldn’t be played in car parks or garage blocks
• Parents – check where your children are playing and make sure others are not disturbed by their games
• Discuss and agree with your neighbours on a suitable time and place for ball games to
Residents, spectators and passers-by
• Ball games are not anti-social behaviour
• Respect people’s right to play in their own neighbourhood
• Remember that parents/guardians may want their young children to play nearby
• Within reason, expect some noise from children playing after school, on weekends, during school holidays and in the evenings
• ‘No Ball Games’ signs are a request not a bylaw
• It is not illegal to play football on a grassed verge or open space
• Sometimes it is better for young people to divert their energies into sport rather than other things
• Open spaces are for everyone’s use
• Discuss and agree with your neighbours on a suitable time and place for ball games
to take place