Lockdown slams non elite sports scene in Newark and Sherwood and England alike to sudden stop
Sports people from across the district have highlighted the positive mental impact sports can have.
The comments, from numerous sports clubs, follows the government’s decision to bring all non-elite sport to a halt during the second national lockdown.
Golf clubs nationally lobbied for the government to reconsider its decision, however, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the House of Commons once you unpick at one thing, the effectiveness of the whole package is compromised.
Southwell Golf Club’s club captain Iain McFadyen said he was extremely disappointed with the decision.
“Golf is a sport that people can play individually and if they are with other people, social distancing can easily be observed,” said McFadyen.
“In addition to the obvious benefits of golfers being able to take exercise in the open air, golf can be a great way to relieve stress and delivers significant benefits in terms of improved mental health.”
Mandie Elson, chairman of Newark Castle Archer, also questioned the government’s decision.
“It was a very disappointing weekend for the sport of archery,” she said.
“We can not understand why the government has clearly stated in their rules that sports like archery cannot continue indoors or outdoors.
“We are fed up. We have seniors who live on their own and this is their outlet twice a week.
“We have juniors with anxiety and this was their go to place to have fun and be distracted.”
Sara Jackson, another sporting figure in the town, speaking on behalf of Newark Tennis Club, said the news came as a disappointment, especially given her club had bounced back from the initial lockdown.
“Tennis is a naturally socially-distanced sport with the net acting as a barrier, and at Newark we only play outdoors,” said Jackson.
“This year saw us introduce an online court booking system that helped us manage the numbers at our courts at any time as well as knowing who is using them.
“We would be comfortable being able to show we can remain covid-safe while allowing play to continue during another phase of lockdown.
“We have been lucky that the community has been really engaged with tennis and our membership this year has increased. We don’t want to lose that momentum.”
Emily Crisp, player and secretary at Newark Hockey Club, said she would miss the physical and mental benefits of sport.
“I was disheartened to hear that amateur team sports are suspended,” said Crisp.
“Newark Hockey Club have worked hard over the past few months in conjunction with the Magnus School to provide a safe environment for our members to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of hockey.
“We appreciate that the next few weeks will be challenging but we look forward to returning to hockey in the coming weeks or months.”
The Football Association has also ruled the suspension of all non-elite football from today until December 2.
Non-elite football consists of men’s step three to seven, women’s tier three to seven and grassroots.