From the General Manager – Supervision of Children
I have noticed in my first few months here at the FDBA that many children (siblings of participants) are running around unattended inside and outside the stadium. Often the FDBA Administration team have had to rescue children running around outside the stadium darting in between cars perilously close to being knocked over by reversing vehicles or vehicles leaving the stadium.
Recently we have had small children placing chairs on top of tables near the vending machines and then climbing up and standing on top of the chairs again tempting fate – without a parent in sight.
I have witnessed last week children removing the long blue padded seats on court 1 and using them as a slide in the grandstand again risking injury and damage.
Our stadium is dated and in some cases fragile, we have identified many items that need repairing and that process has commenced. We have just committed to spending upwards of $160,000 on new backboard and ring structures on courts 2,3,4,5 and 6. The current structures are nearly 30 years old. This work will commence in December 2019. We have spent over $100,000 in 2019 on repairs and maintenance excluding the backboard and ring project.
Maintenance has been identified and being scheduled but parents we need your help. We ask you to supervise your young children and ensure they are in eye sight and not potentially placing themselves in danger.
This morning at our weekly team meeting we spoke about how to manage any accidents here at the stadium and part of that process is risk mitigation. I have instructed our staff if they see a child placing themselves in any danger here at the stadium or outside without a parent in sight to ask that child to lead our staff member to their parents and we will return them to you for you to supervise.
We will continue to do everything we can to ensure we provide a safe stadium for your children to play basketball but we need your help to keep your littlies safe.