Lockdowns have hit sport, but it's time to fight back and get active

SPORTS EDITOR’S COMMENT: Lockdowns have hit elite and grassroots sports hard, but now it’s time to fight back and get active again

  • Grassroots sports clubs showed remarkable spirit to get show back on the road
  • All levels of sports have been affected by coronavirus and lockdowns this year
  • It’s vitally important we get active again as sport can lift the mood for 2021 

We were overwhelmed by the response to our first pullout. 

From grassroots to elite level — as well as our army of loyal readers — the reaction was above and beyond anything we could have hoped for.

Sport, at all levels, means so much to so many and it was heartening to see our message had resonated with such a wide range of age groups and with so many sports.

Grassroots sports have been hit hard by lockdowns but it’s great the show is back on the road

Last month we highlighted the battle for survival so many of our grassroots clubs are facing. 

The sports, organisations and individuals we focused on painted a grim picture of the difficulties affecting amateur sport in the country — but it’s not all bad news.

This year’s lockdowns have hit sport hard but now it’s time to fight back. Grassroots clubs and all the invaluable, selfless volunteers who make everything happen have shown remarkable spirit, resolve and determination to get the show back on the road.

That positivity is the key message of this month’s pullout. For the physical and mental health of the nation, Britain must get active again.

2020 has been challenging for everyone but sport can help lift the mood as we move into 2021

This has been the most challenging year many of us have ever experienced but sport can help to lift the mood of the nation as we move into 2021.

In this edition, Rugby World Cup winner Jason Robinson makes a passionate plea for P.E. to become a more central part of school life.

Lord Coe highlights how a good sports policy benefits wider society; while tennis, netball, gymnastics, boxing and rugby league all feature as we show our continued commitment to grassroots sport.

Stay safe and stay active.

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