A school in an area of Merseyside responsible for producing some of Britain’s top footballers has banned leather footballs on safety grounds. Malvern Primary School in Huyton has told pupils they must only use sponge footballs to prevent injury. Huyton is the birthplace of Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, Newcastle United’s Joey Barton and Everton veteran Peter Reid. A children’s anti-obesity charity has criticised the policy saying children “must be exposed to risk” to learn. Tam Fry, chairman of the Child Growth Foundation, said: “Children must be exposed to risk, otherwise how can they be expected to learn?

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