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Youngsters make use of new soccer goals

Photo by Johnny Jackson 
Young people hone their soccer skills with new soccer goals at McBrayer Park in downtown Hampton.

Photo by Johnny Jackson Young people hone their soccer skills with new soccer goals at McBrayer Park in downtown Hampton.

HAMPTON — A field saturated by two days of rain was not enough to keep teens away this week.

Two soccer goals in McBrayer Park have gotten a full month’s use by young people in the community. City officials placed the goals on a field at downtown Hampton park last month.

The city council approved buying the semi-mobile goals in August after hearing from two concerned citizens. Hilda Henrique and Jorge Gonzalez proposed the council pursue investing in soccer goals at the park.

They told the council that many young people had been using trash cans as makeshift soccer goals at the park. The youngsters, they said, practice at the park when they are not playing at school and recreational venues elsewhere.

Hampton City Manager Andy Pippin said the goals were purchased in late August for $1,500, using SPLOST money.

“To my knowledge everyone is pleased with the new soccer goals,” said Pippin. “We even have a request for a small tournament to be played at the park.”