Recreational sport returns to England after more coronavirus rules are lifted … as Derbyshire golfers start playing again just after midnight on Monday to raise money for charity
- Lockdown rules were lifted in England on Monday to allow recreational sports
- Golf clubs, tennis clubs and outdoor pools again welcomed guests
- Golfers in Morley Hayes, Derbyshire waited until 00:01 am to play seven holes
- Seven teams of four played under the spotlight to raise money for a good cause
Morley Hayes’ hardened golfers in Derbyshire waited until just one minute past midnight on Monday to resume play when England finally returned to the recreational sport.
Seven teams of four used the spotlight on their course to play seven holes for breast cancer research.
At daybreak, many more thousands turned down across the country as restrictions were relaxed, allowing Four Balls in England, but only allowing couples across the border in Wales.
Morley Hayes golfers in Derbyshire waited until just one minute past midnight to play again after England coronavirus rules were lifted
Seven teams of four played under the spotlight to raise money for breast cancer research
They were joined by an army of tennis players who wanted to resume their hobby in the spring sun.
Former UK number one Andrew Castle, now a sports broadcaster and radio talk show host, had booked a game of Padel tennis at 8.30am and has booked both tennis and golf later this week.
“Best of all, it’s a chance to see friends again and have a laugh because we haven’t had much of it in the last few months,” he said.
“I was very frustrated that the government decided to shut down golf, tennis and other outdoor sports because there was no evidence that this was contributing to the spread of the virus. But now it is great to be in the fresh air again and do healthy activities. ‘
Golf and tennis clubs experienced a huge wave of participation last summer, as they were the first sports to be allowed back.
Golf and tennis clubs experienced a boom on Monday, because recreational sports were allowed again
According to the Lawn Tennis Association, there were 22,000 hours of advanced court reservation on their digitized system yesterday, up from 38% on May 13 last year, when the game opened after the initial lockdown.
There will be more competition this time with a wider range of outdoor sports available to play as the relaxation is eased.
Cricket Nets were open for business again yesterday, with club competitions in the north of England due to start on April 17 and further south in early May.
Not that everything is definitely going according to plan. The best college team Durham was scheduled to play a two-day friendly against Durham’s professional county team on their Racecourse grounds yesterday, but it was called off Sunday night.
The police feared that too many spectators would show up at a site with a public walkway along the river and felt that they did not have sufficient resources to properly supervise it.