Are parents better off on phone or PlayStation?

PlayStations, personal stereos, third-level education and traffic — John Giles’ big four inhibitors of sporting talent. The chief obstacles and distractions standing in the way of the street footballer. Responsible for the underperformance of some European nation at every major tournament since around 1998.

As Gilesy’s contemporary Johan Cruyff once put it: “I trained about three to four hours a week at Ajax when I was little. But I played three to four hours every day on the street. So where do you think I learned to play football?”

But with the battles against gaming, streaming, education and motorised transport slipping away from us, is it time to identify a fresh target? Do we simply blame the parents? Must we carry this can too?

Sign in or register for FREE to continue enjoying and to comment on our great range of opinion writers

Not a member yet? Register here

More on this topic

Hurling hands: No. 2 Anthony Daly - 'Sparrow broke my thumb the week I made Clare debut'

Diarmuid O'Connor returns as Mayo and Roscommon name teams for Connacht semi-final

Understated performers backbone Cork's victory over Limerick

Waterford's Philip Mahony suffers broken tibia

More in this Section

Ben Thornley: ‘There are many things I loved about Roy Keane’

Double joy for UCC and manager Healy with defeat over Ringmahon

FIFA scraps plans for 48-team World Cup in Qatar

Even if England call, Luca Connell ready to bloom in green

More by this author

Allez, allez, allez: Banter is out of tune

A week with something for nearly everyone

United and Arsenal in the market for an idea

Reconnecting with people on Champions League night


Lifestyle

Weekend Food: Darina Allen introduces you to some of her favourite Sri Lankan dishes

More From The Irish Examiner