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Outdoor sports facilities reopen as part of the Government's roadmap for the easing of coronavirus restrictions

Outdoor sports facilities and clubs across the area have reopened their doors today (Monday) in line with the Government's roadmap for the easing of coronavirus restrictions.

Grassroots sports clubs can resume training and matches this week which will see football, cricket, tennis, basketball and golf among those returning.

Golfers returned to the fairways on Monday with Burghley Park, Greetham Valley, Rutland Water and Toft Hotel among the clubs reopening in what Prime Minister Boris Johnson is hoping will be a 'Great British summer of sport.'

Golfers are making a welcome return to action. (45619361)
Golfers are making a welcome return to action. (45619361)

He said: "I know how much people have missed the camaraderie and competition of organised sport, and how difficult it has been to restrict physical activities – especially for children.

"So as teams return to outdoor pitches, courts, parks and fields, I hope today will kick-start a Great British summer of sport – with people of all ages reunited with team-mates, and able to resume the activities they love.

"I know many will welcome the increased social contact, with groups of six or two households now also able to meet outdoors.

"But we must remain cautious, with cases rising across Europe and new variants threatening our vaccine roll-out. Despite today’s easements, everyone must continue to stick to the rules, remember hands, face, space, and come forward for a vaccine when called."

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden added: "The long wait is over. I urge everyone to get their trainers on, get outside and enjoy all of the positive benefits sport can bring.

"We want to see children be active 60 minutes a day, and adults two and a half hours a week to help us build back fitter, healthier and happier from this pandemic.

"Sport and physical activity will be at the heart of our national recovery and today marks a really important step forward.

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston continued: "Many have waited patiently for this moment and cannot wait to get back to playing the sports they love.

"But we want to encourage everyone to get into sport. No matter what age or ability, there will be a sport out there for you."

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