Following our report that matches on the small pitches at Victoria Stadium are being stopped when planes land and depart Coresportgib can reveal that a solution has been sought by the Government to reduce the risk of balls falling on the runway.
Official sources have confirmed that a net will be stretched over the pitch across the full length of the same some 6m in width. The netting is expected to act as a ceiling by the area where balls are kicked over the fence preventing this to happen.
The solution is said to have been agreed by both the RAF and the Government of Gibraltar after the RAF raised concerns over the number of balls falling onto the runway in recent weeks.
This led to a decision to stop all football activity on the pitches whilst planes landed or took off, affecting junior and women’s league matches. The main cause of the problem is seen as the over use of the pitches especially in the evenings when adult senior men’s teams are training. The decision however affects all activity on the small pitches due to the potential for s ball being lifted over the fence and hitting an aircraft.
The netting is expected to be delivered to Gibraltar within the coming weeks with estimates already having been approved.
The matter is said to have been personally overseen by Minister Steven Linares.