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School and organised outdoor sport and physical activity to return next month

Tim Hollingsworth has reacted positively to the Prime Minister's announcement today on the anticipated return to play next month.

22nd February 2021

Our chief executive Tim Hollingsworth has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement today, which includes plans for restarting grassroots sport and physical activity.

The Prime Minister confirmed children and young people will be able to take part in sport and activity at school as part of educational provision and wraparound care from 8 March, while from 29 March outdoor grassroots sport for adults and children will restart, subject to guidance.

Further details about the timeline for the reopening of gyms and leisure facilities, and the restarting of indoor sports, are available via the link below. 

A group of girls play football on an artificial pitch.

We'll now work closely with the government to give further information and answers to frequently asked questions in the coming days.

"The Prime Minister's roadmap for the return of sport and physical activity is very welcome and a clear recognition of how important it is to the nation's physical and mental health," said Tim.

"The prioritisation of the reopening of schools will give children and young people important opportunities to take part in and feel the benefit of PE and school sport and as the weather improves, the return of outdoor sports for all ages at the end of March is a really positive step.

"We are working with government to determine and set out more details on these steps as well as looking ahead to the next phases of this plan, including the reopening of indoor facilities which are now firmly on the horizon. We also continue to support partners across our sector financially.

"We know people are desperate to get back playing the sport they love and doing the activities they have so badly missed, and now it is at last in sight."

Government timeline on lifting of lockdown restrictions

In the meantime, lockdown regulations remain in place and you can find out more about them using the link below.

See our coronavirus-related information and support for sport and physical activity providers.

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