A City councillor says he wants to get more young people involved in sport in a bid to tackle obesity in Stoke-on-Trent.
Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener space, development and leisure is also keen to get more people playing football across the city.
He wants to see an increase in the number of people going on to play senior football from the junior ranks following a fall in numbers over the last few years.
He was speaking as council teams have been out marking pitches ahead of the new season.
The local authority manages and maintains around 40 public football pitches across the city.
Each pitch is re-marked once a week during the season.
In May, they were seeded and 50 tonnes of soil was used to fill in holes in goalmouths and other worn areas.