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Be safe on the pitch

England's number one keeper David James
How well do you trust your sport equipment?

It can be easy to take the standard of football equipment for granted.

But it is crucial for the safety of young players that this does not happen.

The idea of a goalpost being dangerous might sound ridiculous to some.

Think again.

Falling goalposts have caused the tragic death of several children over the last few years.

Thanks to a national campaign run by the game's national governing body, the Football Association, more and more people are thankfully being made aware of such dangers.

The initiative was set up a few years ago to help combat the associated problems with sporting equipment.

It gives parents, coaches and teachers access to all sorts of information on the safety aspects they should be thinking about.

Trevor Brooking, The FA's Director of Football Development, said: "The campaign is vital to The FA's commitment to making safety a top priority in football at all levels.

"We wanted to stress to everyone involved in playing and organising football that they must play their part to ensure that such tragic accidents never happen again."

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