StoryHub Today: Thursday 17th December (Team 2)

Student journalism from the University of Derby. Reporting by Toby Hill, Dan Shave, Paddy Finnemore, Robert Mathers, Josh Fletcher and Josh Holland.

FA cuts to futsal clubs

Many sports have been welcoming the long awaited return of fans. However for some indoor sports they are yet to get started. Futsal has been hit hard by the pandemic and FA funding cuts are likely to impact the sport even further.

Charity Christmas lights

In the last three years alone, the Chartwell Cancer Trust has raised over £1 million for local hospitals in and around the South East London area as a result of the support from sponsors and fundraisers. Raising more than £12,000 in the last five years alone, a large contributor to this was the annual Mickleham Road Christmas lights display in Orpington.

Uncertain future for football fans

With Coronavirus restrictions seemingly changing weekly, sports fans have been left in the lurch as to when they can re-enter their beloved stadia. Joshua Fletcher looks into how fans have been affected by these rules, the impact of their absence, and how clubs are ensuring that their grounds are COVID secure.


Tier changes announcement 

Today’s Government announcement means that the majority of England will spend the Christmas period in tier 3 of Coronavirus restrictions. The ruling will once again heavily impact the sporting world, with many non-league football clubs going a further two weeks without revenue, putting their futures in jeopardy.

COVID confusion down south

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of confusion around the country. The tier structure of restrictions has been a hotly debated topic in the South West of the country in particular. The latest government announcement says that Devon is to remain in tier 2 whereas neighbouring Cornwall is in tier 1.