Non-elite sport is set to resume from March 29 as the UK government prepares to ease COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
UK prime minister Boris Johnson is set to outline a roadmap out of lockdown today (Monday 22) that will include an indication on the future of non-elite sport.
Reports have suggested that grassroots football, tennis courts, golf courses and other outdoor facilities will be allowed to open and continue on from March 29, as long as the four-part roadmap does not see a significant rise in cases of the virus across the UK.
On January 4, Johnson declared that the country would enter the third lockdown, which saw amateur sports halted, whilst elite sport was allowed to continue on.
Both England Golf and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) expressed disappointment at the decision, arguing that the nature of their sports means that their is less opportunity for their to be a spread of COVID-19 whilst participating in either Golf or Tennis.
Additionally, children's sport are said to be prioritised as part of the easing of lockdown restrictions, with after-school sports clubs and activities set to be cleared to resume from March 8 when children will be allowed to return to school.
Following rules being lifted on sport, there will be a national promotion of sport and physical activity, especially amongst school children, where it has been revealed that fewer than one in five currently consider themselves physically literate and there is particular concern for a rise in obesity levels and the mental health toll from lockdowns.
There was a 100,000 drop in the number of children who reached the recommended daily recommended activity level last summer compared to 2019.
Author: Jake Wilkin