With children heading back to school on 8 March, so far the government’s roadmap out of lockdown is going ahead as planned. The next date to watch is 29 March, which not only marks the beginning of the school Easter holidays, but also the point at which restrictions are set to be relaxed further.
In fact, from this date the ‘rule of six’ will come into force again, allowing people to gather in slightly larger groups outdoors, and outdoor sports facilities are set to reopen.
This means that non-elite level sport can resume from this date too, provided it is played outdoors, and as a result netball teams could get back on the court before the start of April.
If you’ve been missing playing netball, you’re certainly not alone. As Sky News recently noted, the latest data from UK Active found that many adults are spending more time being inactive, with 42 per cent of adults in the UK sitting for longer than 14 hours a week.
In addition, 36 per cent of those questioned said that they were bored of their options for exercise, so resuming group sports on 29 March is likely to be very welcome for many of us.
Even though we haven’t been able to play netball on court together, some teams around the country have been using technology to help them stay active. The Northern Echo reported that Team Sunderland Netball, at the University of Sunderland, have been running online training sessions to help their team stay active and keep their team spirit alive.
If you’re looking forward to getting back to in-person Reigate netball lessons, take a look at our timetable to find out when we’ll be back on the court.