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Spalding and Holbeach area sports organisations get off to a flying start after Covid restrictions are lifted

Grassroots sports have got off to a flying start now that Covid restrictions have eased.

Golf courses, riding schools, tennis courts and other organised sports were allowed to resume on Monday under the latest easing of lockdown under the Prime Minister’s roadmap.

Players were so keen to return to the courts at Spalding Tennis Club that they were out as early as 7am to enjoy their first matches in months.

Youngsters enjoy playing football with Elite Sports Academy's first session in Pinchbeck following the latest lockdown (45671255)
Youngsters enjoy playing football with Elite Sports Academy's first session in Pinchbeck following the latest lockdown (45671255)

The club is now taking bookings for its Easter holiday camps, for five to 17-year-olds, which will be held tomorrow (Friday), Tuesday, April 6, and Friday, April 9. For more information contact coach Glenn Perkins on 0790 3001510.

The club’s Martin Brittain is also hopeful of a packed summer of tennis as it is anticipated that the Peterborough league will be able to resume in April.

He said: “We have got six courts and two were booked at 7am on Monday as some people were so keen to get down there.

“The courts were busy all day and all evening on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I think everyone is champing at the bit to get out and play.”

Coaches at Elite Sports Academy were delighted to welcome back their Football Academy players on Monday evening at Pinchbeck.

Head coach Andrew Tidswell is looking forward to holding more sessions in the coming days.

He said: “The kids were so happy to be back.

“There were smiles on the faces of the kids and even the coaches as we all wanted to be outside and back on the pitch enjoying a bit of normality.”

Four Winds Equestrian Centre in West Pinchbeck has seen so much demand for its Easter activities that staff have had to put on additional sessions.

The Leaveslake Drove yard has also welcomed back members of the Four Winds Accessible Riding Group, who have learning difficulties, who were delighted to be back after being isolated for some time

Owner Paula Leverton said: “People are really pleased that we are open again, especially the guys who have been able to do anything.

“We are quite busy. We are still quite a few restrictions but at least we can take some which is great.

“We added more Easter activities as we filled up so quickly.

“It’s been a long winter for us and the worst time for us not to have any income coming in. It’s nice to see people again. They are keener than ever - they are just desperate to get out there and do something.”

Golfers have also been allowed to make a welcome return to the fairways at Spalding Golf Course in Surfleet.

Club secretary Maria Williamson said: “The response to reopening has been fantastic for coming back to golf. It’s been a long there months whilst we were forced to close because of the pandemic, members have really missed their game, their friends and being out in the fresh air.

“The booking system has been at full capacity, with members keen to secure their slot for their first few games.

“We are currently on our membership renewals which is due on April 1, so the club is extremely busy around this time every year. We are taking new members upon renewals and if anyone would like information on this, please contact the office on 01775 680386 OPT 2.

“It’s absolutely fantastic to be open again and to see our members playing golf. The weather has been glorious and it could not be better, the golf course looks even more beautiful with the sun shining on it.”

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