Sports at Trafford MV halted due to Coronavirus but will be back soon.
While many of us live a quiet life at home a huge number of people young and not so young are involved in all kinds of sporting activity making the most of outdoor life. Rugby club, football clubs, cricket, athletics, tennis, all sports will be affected by club closures and social distancing.
Trafford MV in Sale is a prime example. The Clubhouse and changing rooms have closed their doors initially until April 14th but with an almost indefinite deadline.
That means no sporting activity for hundreds of children from 3 years upwards through to our Walking Rugby group which includes participants in their 70’s! Our competitive senior teams have had their seasons abruptly ended with no more fixtures to be played this season.
The newly formed Women’s team has seen them feature in only 2 games although both wins and a very promising start.Our junior teams were all looking forward to their Easter Tours to various parts of the country with the onus on players and parents bonding off the field as well as on it this too looks like it may never happen.
The 2020 Cricket season is just about to start but that too has been put on an indefinite hold until we have a clearer picture of the scenario before us which changes on a daily basis making any fixture planning or organising almost impossible.
Even though sports are generally outdoor based keeping a safe distance at all times is almost impossible as they are a social outlet too where many youngsters and parents make life long friendships.
It will seem strange for the Summer to pass us by without being able to enjoy its benefits we need to stay home now to help give ourselves the opportunity to overcome the virus early.
Off the field sports clubs will be hit even harder! Finances are always very tight, based on subscriptions, memberships and social function earnings and as Clubhouses across the country close for possibly months clubs will still have to finance wages, electricity, rents, rates, etc. Trafford MV has already had to cancel a number of private functions in the short term with many more on a warning.
The bar is closed preventing any source of income. Big events in the pipeline such as the Annual Dinner featuring Sir Bill Beaumont, Chairman of the International Rugby Board has had to be postponed until later in the year hopefully! The Clubs annual Charity Day, which last year raised almost £4k has also been postponed indefinitely, which also hits the charity as well as the Club.
Sports Clubs are a vibrant part of society providing safe places for young people to enjoy healthy, active outdoor activities, they provide communication networks for families, children and older former players.
They give young people independence, leadership skills, teamwork skills, responsibility among many other attributes and they keep people active and enthused for 12 months a year come rain, come shine. also giving spectators something to cheer for and get excited about, a place and a team they can belong to. And they provide a venue for social interaction, where families can come in a friendly welcoming environment. They contribute to local business for catering, event supplies and much more.
Trafford MV will be back bigger and stronger once this crisis is over. they offer friendship and support to everyone in the local community and hope to see you all at some of our fixtures or social events once we all have the necessary restrictions lifted off us.
In the mean time stay strong, stay safe and STAY AT HOME. We will get there by sticking together.