19 March 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Colm Shalvey reports

The return of non-contact sports training for children, along with a re-opening of golf (PICTURED) and tennis for all ages, are under consideration as part of the Government’s plans to ease Covid-19 restrictions next month. The Government’s plan for managing the virus, The Path Ahead, commits to cautiously beginning to ease restrictions in April.

Golf Ireland last week released its fixture list for 2021, planning to adapt to the delays by starting the championship season no earlier than the end of May. Mark Wehrly, Director of Championships with Golf Ireland, said: “We know that golf is a low-risk activity and are hopeful of a return at club level for our sport very soon, after which we will look to progress towards running our competitions throughout the summer and autumn.

“We’re very grateful to all of our host clubs for their forbearance and continued enthusiasm in helping us to achieve this. At such a difficult time for everyone in the industry, it is a testament to them that we are able to present such a comprehensive fixture plan for the year ahead. There are still some uncertainties in the road ahead and we will continually review our schedule, but as things stand, we hope to be very busy this season.”

It comes as a new report by The Irish Times outlined that Irish golf courses have faced the longest shutdowns in the world. Courses…

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