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Member Club Playing On In Winter

posted Oct 8, 2020, 11:48 AM by Malcolm Fletcher
Statement from Albrighton Bowling Club, issued by chairman Bob Sylvester: 

Although the onset of colder weather and the additional restrictions in place to combat Covid-19 are making it a challenge right now, Albrighton BB is continuing to encourage its members to be as active as possible over the Autumn and Winter months.

Our message is simple – being active and playing sport, where appropriate, is good for your physical health and good for your mental health and being as fit as possible right now is a great way to deal with illness and viruses.

Though there are restrictions in place this doesn't mean that grassroots sport and physical activity cannot happen – therefore Albrighton Bowling Club will continue to support its members by building on its successful inaugural in-house league by introducing a winter in-house league.

But we know that people are feeling anxious about taking part in sport and activity and some people are worried generally about being around others.

That’s why we want to continue providing support and advice to help people feel comfortable to be as active as possible at this time. We also want to make sure that our members understand what is and isn't allowed at this time.

In short people can still carry on being physically active, doing many of the activities that they love – albeit with reduced capacity – and team sports are still able to be played.

Over the course of the lockdown period, Sport England has conducted nationwide research to gain an insight into activity levels and attitudes towards being active up and down England, and close to 70% of people say they have used being active to help manage their mental health.

However, we are all concerned about recent drop-offs in activity levels and will be doing everything we can to support our communities to get more active. People can access a host of free workouts for all ages and abilities on Sport England’s Join the Movement website at:

https://www.sportengland.org/jointhemovement

Sport England Chief Executive, Tim Hollingsworth said: "“Being active is a vital tool to help us cope mentally with the challenges the months ahead will bring and physically to be fitter and healthier, to boost our immunity and to ward off illness.

“We know that people face real challenges right now in their daily lives, whether that’s anxiety about the virus itself, financial concerns or uncertainty about what is or isn’t allowed.

"Our message is that there has never been a more important time to take some time to be physically active. That might be using your local gym, which will have strict protocols in place to ensure safety, playing football within the regulations or just going for a walk – it all counts.

“We’ve got loads of great resources to help on the Sport England website including tips on how to get started.”

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