Back of the net! Lowestoft firm pledges to improve goalposts across our area

From left: Harrod UK employees Les Saunders, Abbey Barnard and Kevin Utton in a goalmouth on Rosedal

From left: Harrod UK employees Les Saunders, Abbey Barnard and Kevin Utton in a goalmouth on Rosedale Park. Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Celebrating a wonder goal is what dreams are made of for many footballers across our area.

Yet on many occasions, whether it be a tap-in during an under-14 match, or a 40-yard screamer in a Sunday league game, the conditions of the goalposts at grassroots level leave a lot to be desired.

But now, things are about to change as part of a new campaign run by Harrod UK aims to give the red card to lonely, dilapidated goalposts.

The Lowestoft-based company launched a campaign on Monday (February 1) to replace 'sad' looking frameworks across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

Whether the posts are on residential parks, village greens, school playing fields or at non-league football clubs, the company aims to donate one set of goal posts to six different locations around the counties.

The initiative has been introduced after the Football Association claimed there are too many serious injuries happening as a result of unsafe or incorrectly used goalposts.

Harrod UK is working with the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) on the campaign, where people can nominate goal posts by tweeting pictures and information or sending emails.

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Les Saunders, sales and marketing director for Harrod UK, said: 'Safety is of paramount importance to us, so this initiative is the perfect way to ensure footballers of all ages and capabilities can play safely within their local community.'

• To nominate posts in your area, email Nominations@harrod.uk.com with a brief explanation and their location.

Alternatively, post pictures using the hashtag #sadgoalposts directly to Harrod UK's Facebook or Twitter page.

Nominations will close on March, 1.

A team of judges from Harrod UK and the Institute of Groundsmanship will then shortlist locations and make appropriate on-site inspections where necessary.

For more information, visit www.harrod.uk.com/sadgoalposts.

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