The parents of a 5-year-old boy have been left horrified after they were told he has been kicked out of the soccer team for "not being good enough."
Lindsey Toyne signed her son, Archie Russon-Toyne, up for weekly soccer sessions with his friends last year.
Archie had been attending sessions every week when Lindsey received a text message which said: "Thank you for your support. As you are aware we've been assessing the children to see who will form the claret team for next season. Unfortunately, your child hasn't made it. If you have any queries please contact the club."
She claims that 3 children, including Archie, were dropped from the sessions as the club was trying to cut down to two 5-a-side teams, each with ten members who switch over every ten minutes.
Lindsey had to break the news to Archie who had tears in his eye when she did.
Speaking to the Daily Mail about the decision, Lindsey said: "It's disgusting to stream them at this age. They're five and it's supposed to be fun.
"Archie is a good football player, but they only have two teams of ten, so now he thinks he's not good enough. Why not just keep them on and rotate them.
"I don't think you can pick out football talent this young. Plus we're all talking about kids sitting in front of computers and how we need to get them out playing sports and eating well. Then a kids football club rejects 5-year-olds and tells them they aren't good enough - what impact will that have?"
Lindsey believes that Archie will now have to wait until he is 9 years old before he can rejoin the club.
A spokesperson from Deeping Rangers FC said: "Soccer School for Year 1 children is a drop-in session open to all children regardless of abilities for the first year of training. We send clear messaging from the start to ask for parent volunteers to run a maximum of 2 under-7 age squads for the following season. The club currently only has enough facilities for 2 teams at U7 per season.
"Each squad can only have ten per team when they go to play in the local league. Past experience has shown that non-registered players (and parents) lose interest in being around the playing squad and are advised to find another local club to keep their interest and involvement in local junior football. The lack of a local artificial grass pitch impedes DRFC from offering season-round football for non-squad players."
What do you think about the soccer club's decision to kick Archie out of the team?