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Youth league to use playing field at elementary school

COVINGTON — The playing field behind Porterdale Elementary School will be used for football and cheerleading practices for a USA Football youth league, following a vote by the Newton County Board of Education.

The BOE on Tuesday granted permission for use of the field to NewRock Youth Football & Cheerleading, following a recommendation by Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. The organization will rent the field on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons through November at a rate of $50 per day, or $2,250 total.

According to a letter to the school system from New Rock President Brett Jacobs, the organization had used the playing field for a couple of years before being told by the Newton County Recreation Department that the field was “ear-marked for use by the rec.”

Practices were then moved to Conyers, he said, which meant that money spent by parents of the players and cheerleaders was taken out of Newton County.

Jacobs wrote that he has since learned that the field is “considered ‘community space’,” and requested that NewRock be allowed to resume use of it.

NewRock Youth Football & Cheerleading is a 6-year-old organization that is certified by the USA Football organization. According to Jacobs, each football and cheerleading coach is required to go through a training and certification process with USA Football. The organization provides cheerleading for children ages 4 to 14 and football for ages 5 to 12.

NewRock has about 180 members, of which 150 are from Newton County, Jacobs said.

Jacobs told BOE members Tuesday that NewRock will be mindful of all rules and regulations regarding use of the playing field. He also said the organization provides a number of scholarships to players, including approximately five from Porterdale.

Jacobs added that NewRock coaches volunteer their time reading to students in area schools.

For more information on NewRock Youth Football & Cheerleading, go to www.newrockredskins.org.