Student journalism from the University of Derby. Reporting by Jake Leach, Jack Johnson Theo Beevers, Katie Hatton, Alfie Burley and Sam Collins.
Football Fan Mental Health
The Nottinghamshire area has been placed in Tier Three as a result of the new government guidelines, meaning Nottingham Forest fans are yet to go back to the City Ground. It has been a long nine months for these two season ticket holders, how has it affected them, not only from a pleasure aspect but mentally…
Millwall Vs Derby
Last weekend, boos rang around the Den as Millwall fans made their thoughts known after their players knelt to the ground ahead of their game against Derby County. Football teams have been kneeling ahead of their games in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, but this action has caused a stir throughout the football world…
Port Vale Ladies Season Postponement
Port Vale Ladies season was postponed due to the latest government guidelines regarding COVID19. With the city of Stoke being high in terms of COVID cases it could be a while until Vale Ladies take to the field again. Captain Meg Baldwin and Mollie Garner discuss the impact of the postponement and how they have kept the squad motivated.
The Pandemic and Spondon Cricket Club
During the pandemic, the sport has undergone significant changes, with clubs being forced to follow strict government guidelines. HSG, a hygiene company based in Derbyshire have been one of several organisations who have been advising local sports clubs on how they can make their venues and events more COVID safe. The company sponsors Spondon Cricket Club.
With football below step six having been postponed until December 19th, non-league clubs have been left struggling and frustrated. Swadlincote-based Gresley Rovers play in the tenth tier of English football and have begun preparations for the restart of the season. Having been forced to maintain their fitness whilst in lockdown, the players were glad to get back on the pitch in the club’s first training session since the COVID restrictions. Optimism is still high in the camp despite these trying times, and they are hoping for a promotion push when the campaign resumes.
Derby Christmas Trees
Derby City Council, alongside Engineered Learning, have come up with an initiative that has seen them erect 35 Christmas Trees across the city’s suburban areas. Engineered Learning, an Engineering trainer for school students, believes the activity is a way to bring the Christmas spirit to the local communities. They are now calling for others to get involved by decorating the trees.