Student journalism from the University of Derby. Reporting by Sam Allen, Ben Durber, Devon Cash, Jack Beighton and Nikita Henschl.
The impact of lockdown – gyms
Lockdown restrictions have meant that non-essential shops, pubs and gyms have all had to close. And for many people, gyms have a huge positive impact on their mental health. Amateur boxer, Henry Stapley shared his thoughts on returning to gyms.
Quoted by Sky News, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: “The rationale is clear on this – this is all about the higher transmission risk of coronavirus when people are within close proximity in indoor settings, with restrictions depending on the alert level that applies to your local area.
“That’s why in Tier 1, group activities such as training sessions and exercise classes can take place in larger numbers, provided that people are in separate groups (up to six people) which do not mix.
“In Tier 2 areas, people can take part in group activity like exercise classes as long as there is no mixing between households. People can play certain sports which do not involve close proximity or physical contact against one person from another household, such as a singles tennis match or badminton match.
“In Tier 3 areas, indoor sport will be restricted to within your household only, and there should be no group activity such as exercise classes.”
Broadley F.C. – Legends Game
A Lincoln-based Sunday league team created in the memory of lifelong Grimsby Town fan Richard Broadley, who lost his life due to leukaemia, have big plans for next year. A team of GTFC legends have got together to play a special one-off fixture on the 10th anniversary of the team’s creation, raising money for Blood Cancer UK along the way.
The Hurt Arms vs 2020
Pubs and restaurants have suffered throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and many have had to close their doors for good. The Hurt Arms in Ambergate, Derbyshire has had a hectic twelve months, which has seen the pub undergo over £1 million in refurbishment and payments for damages.
Fans return to see the Shrimpers play
The Essex-based side sit bottom of League Two, however, the return of fans to Roots Hall has been a positive after the global pandemic forced football to go behind closed doors.
Southend Echo reporter Chris Phillips believes it will be interesting to see if supporters will voice their frustrations.