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Football now affected over two seasons

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BT Coleraine

DUP MLA Maurice Bradley, press officer of the management committee of the Coleraine and District League has expressed disappointment that the current season has fallen victim to the Coronavirus, Covid-19.

“It’s disappointing that the Committee of the Coleraine and District League recently made an application to the IFA for an extension to the current season, fully intent on completing league competitions, even mid-summer.

“However, following yesterday’s announcement by the Northern Ireland Executive that contact sport will not be allowed until phase 4 of the pathway to recovery, it is unrealistic that the current season 2019/20 will be played to a finish.

“In a further set-back to the league, it is highly unlikely that season 2020/2021 will commence as normal in August 2020.

“The league are currently in correspondence with all member clubs with a range of proposals and I would encourage club secretaries to respond to Kyle before 6.00 p.m. on May 14, 2020, with their views and suggestions.

“This pandemic has been particularly hard-hitting to sports clubs, of which football is perhaps the largest participation sport in the UK at all levels from youth through to senior.

“Here in Northern Ireland all team sports have been affected. GAA, Hockey, Rugby, Athletics, Running, the list goes on and on.

“Sports, especially competitive sports running competitions have been thrown into chaos.

“We are in unprecedented times, and this pandemic has affected everyone without exception.

“However, if the loss of sport for a few months protects out NHS workers, our delivery drivers, our postmen and postwomen, our elderly and vulnerable, then its an acceptable price to pay.

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