Grassroots football clubs prepare for suspension

Non-elite football will be suspended throughout lockdown, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed.

Tuesday, 3rd November 2020, 8:23 am
Updated Tuesday, 3rd November 2020, 8:25 am
Grassroots football is set for a one month suspension.

Some clubs had hoped games could continue under strict regulations.However, speaking in Parliament on Monday, the Prime Minister confirmed this would not be the case as the country bids to get the R rate down.“Any particular activity you can always find a arguable exemption for these measures, or for many of them,” he said.“The difficulty is that to be consistent and to have a package that works you need to have a thorough series of measures.“I bitterly regret we have to curtail for 28 days football clubs and sports events in the way that we are.“I bitterly, bitterly regret it but it is necessary to keep the R down.”Non-elite football includes all levels from step 3 of the National League System down in the men's game and and everything be;low the top two tiers in women's football.Meanwhile, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden has confirmed grassroots football for youngsters will also be put on hold."This will be permitted in school settings. Unfortunately we need to pause grassroots sport outside school to reduce the transmission risk from households mixing. As soon as we can resume this, we will," he wrote omn Twitter.