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Chief executive welcomes further easing of coronavirus restrictions

Most indoor sport can now take place as we move to Step 3 of the government's roadmap.

Our chief executive Tim Hollingsworth has hailed the latest milestone in the reopening of grassroots sport and physical activity as more activities are allowed to resume.

As of yesterday, all indoor sport can restart (though there are still some restrictions on physical contact), group exercise classes can take place and there's also an easing of rules around spectating.

It's a particularly important milestone for sports like netball, basketball, table tennis and badminton.

A woman playing badminton

These sports have been badly hit by indoor restrictions, while the return of exercise classes within gym settings will be welcome news for women in particular – who make up 80% of the participants of such activities. 

“Today we take another giant step on the road to recovery and I am thrilled to see those indoor sports who were so badly hit by closures and restrictions getting back underway,” said Tim yesterday. 

“Our own data shows us how challenging it has been for people to play sport and be active over the last year and though significant challenges remain for certain audiences and certain activities, the fact that so many more opportunities are now available thanks to the easing of restrictions is hugely welcome.”

Over the past few months, we’ve been working with partners to promote the return of activity via a series of campaigns and communication tools, and we've yesteray released a new video that welcomes the return of some of the indoor sports.

Click here for the full press release


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