Irresponsible owners who let their pets foul on a football pitch ahead of a children's tournament have left a young boy covered in dog mess.
Furious officials say they are constantly having to clear Saltney Town FC’s pitch from dog mess before training sessions and matches.
On Sunday the club’s Soccer Stars group for two to six-year-olds was ruined when a youngster fell in a pile of dog poo.
Saltney Town FC secretary Marc Edwards has described the situation as a 'nightmare' and says i f the dog fouling persists sessions will have to move indoors which will increase costs.
He said: “It’s a nightmare we are having to pick up around 10 pieces of dog mess before every session and recently dog walkers have started to bag up the mess and then just toss it on to the pitch.
“We are doing more and more children's sessions and it is a constant risk. We pick up what we can but sadly we missed a bit and a child was covered in it.
“I’m a PE teacher and I want people to be out exercising and walking their dogs but they shouldn’t be running all over the pitch, we just want people to keep to the outside of the field.”
Marc added: “Whether it is men on the pitch or tiny kids their safety comes first and it is getting to the stage where we need to decide if we can keep using the area we may have to move inside but that will double the cost and it’s not what we want to do.
“The vast majority of dog walkers are amazing and have even helped us out before and will have a chat but there are a few that are causing problems and it just isn’t nice.”
Saltney Stonebridge councillor Veronica Gay, who was volunteering in the kitchen of the club, has blasted the irresponsible dog owners.
She said: “Children need to be safe when they play and not be at risk of being covered in dog mess – it is totally unacceptable.
“I am furious. It is clearly marked as a football pitch, by all means share the green space but pick up after your dogs.
“Everyone says there is nothing for kids to do in the area but as soon as someone makes an effort to provide something for them to do it’s blighted due to irresponsible dog owners.
“Maybe the only answer is to fence the area off altogether and erect a ‘no dogs allowed’ sign if people cannot be trusted to respect others.”
The club are holding a fun day on Sunday August 14 from 10am-4pm.