The governments latest moving of tiers across the country and in Nottinghamshire particularly, from tier 3 to tier 4, means that elite sport from today can continue behind-closed doors, but non-elite and grassroots sports cannot continue for those over the age of 18.
Whilst youth and disabled sport can continue in the areas affected, non-elite sport for adults will not be permitted and all football especially, under step six of the pyramid system (the National League North and South which is one below the league Notts County are in) is postponed with immediate effect.
This means that the Northern Premier League which houses Notts sides Basford United, Carlton Town and Worksop Town, along with the Midlands League (which includes Newark & Selston), the Northern Counties East League (AFC Mansfield & Retford) the East Midlands Counties League, Central Midlands, Notts Senior League and all below (including Sunday and veterans’ football) will cease immediately, with the hope that their competitions will still carry on once the government lifts restriction.
This also effects women’s football and Nottingham Forest Women FC have had to postpone all training and upcoming matches – indoor non-elite sports are not permitted but our two highest ranked basketball teams should still be able to play their upcoming matches as Nottingham Wildcats take on Leicester Riders in the WBBL this weekend and Nottingham Hoods resume action midway through January.
Gyms and swimming pools across the county will be closed so those looking to start 2021 on a fitness trip will be forced to endure workouts at home whilst running, walking, cycling, outdoor tennis and even golf for up to two people only will thankfully (for now) at least be permitted.
*Main image @cliftonfc1963 the home of Clifton All Whites will not be used during tier 4 restriction.