County investigates improving soccer fields

Soccer fields

David and Betty Sasnett, key organizers of the county’s youth soccer league, appealed for improved playing fields.

Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 03:37 PM.

At the July 1 county meeting, commissioners took the first steps toward installing an improved soccer field at Donnie Wilson Sports Park.

Betty Sasnett, president of the Franklin County Youth Soccer League, launched the discussion with a request for help.  “A lot of us have been driving to Gulf County for 10 or 15 years in order for our kids to play soccer,” she said.

 She said that when the youth soccer league was created in 2012, the county commission promised to patch up the baseball outfields for use as soccer fields. She said commissioners promised the soccer league a more permanent facility in 2013.

Sasnett said 103 children played in the soccer league last year and that the county now has several certified referees. She said the league now wants to begin hosting home games against Gulf County teams.

 “This is a great opportunity for our kids to get ready to play soccer in high school,” she said. “I know we had several kids who went to college on soccer scholarships this year. We’re here today to see what your plans are to create our soccer fields.”

Sasnett said parents would also like to see a basketball court installed at Wilson Field. She said a court had been discussed in 2012.

Commissioner Noah Lockley said he supported Sasnett’s goals for improving sports fields.

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