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Outdoor sport set to return

On the 29th March, outdoor sport will be allowed to go ahead.

This comes as great news to sport lovers who have been unable to play for three months since the country entered its third national lockdown.

Photo Credit: Annabel Baldwin: Haringey Borough FC

The return of outdoor activities are prioritised earlier than indoor ones, due to the reduced risk of spreading coronavirus outside.

While many are excited to see venues like basketball and tennis courts re-open, unfortunately for gym goers, they will have to wait a little longer. 

A common sight in parks at the moment are roller skaters and boarders on the tennis courts but from Monday, the nets will be back up and organised sport will go ahead.

There has had to be a lot of preparation in order to make organised sport safe, including social distancing measures and personal equpiment.

Goaldiggers FC, a women’s and non- binary team in London, will be returning having had plenty of practice of covid safe training last year.

This included splitting training sessions into bubbles and everyone bringing their own bib and ball.

The non-profit club will be returning to 6 separate leagues.

Wednesday training sees a turn out of 120 women and non binary players.

Matches are still played with contact but where possible, social distancing is in place.

In local tennis, club memberships are on the rise.

Conway Tennis Club in north London has seen an increase of 150 new adult members; from 200 to 350.

Photo Credit: Steve Baldwin: Conway Tennis Club

The club has 5 courts and new regulations were put in place to equally distribute court time.

Steve Baldwin is the head tennis coach and has been preparing to return for the last few weeks.

Courts are already fully booked for the first few weeks with coaching, tournaments and independent bookings.

With last summers rehearsal of normality, it’s hoped local sports facilities are up to the job and everyone can get their fair share of court time.

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