The charity MIND expects to see a decline in physical activity because of Covid-19.

As lock-down restrictions begin to ease, it is good to see sport and physical activity providers – such as clubs, groups and venues – plan for reopening.

The NHS stated that: “The impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is still having an impact on everyone’s lives. This can cause everyone, including a professional footballer, to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely or frustrated. Everyone feels different sometimes. It’s important to remember it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently – for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass. Help needs to be offered to support mental health and well-being during times of uncertainty. Doing so will help an athlete to think clearly and to help them look after themselves.”

Professional athletes in football and rugby have trained and managed their own mental health in the midst of racism, demands by fans for high performances on the pitch and during training – all of this can have an impact on a sportsman/women especially if an athlete is living with a vulnerable adult.

Gov.UK advises that there are clear guidelines on how athletes and staff who are deemed vulnerable, or are in a household with vulnerable people, should not interact with the training environment or engage in training. Ensuring that prior to the resumption of training, all athletes and staff who are engaged in the training environment are formally appraised of the risks and all mitigating steps being taken. It will be for individual sports to agree with their athletes conditions enabling to return back to the sport action.

In the UK and beyond, professional and Olympic athletes have been striving to maintain their strict training regimes, whilst adhering to lock-down restrictions. Whilst some people may be excited about returning to work, sessions and facilities, early evidence shows that many will be returning to play with even poorer mental health due to coronavirus (Covid-19).

Dagenham & Redbridge FC: Celebrating Diversity

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Dagenham & Redbridge FC (The Daggers) have announced that 2020 will be their tenth year for “Daggers Against Racism Day” which celebrates its commitment to diversity within football. The club’s spokesman said, “I am very proud of our long-standing partnership with the community in which we all live and the national recognition that we have achieved through these days”. They bring together: the many diverse cultures where we live and demonstrate our commitment to discrimination in whatever form it may take.”

The club’s managing director went on to say, “I would also like to thank our major sponsor who is accelerating inclusive regeneration in Barking and Dagenham. Their sponsorship demonstrates their commitment to the community and its mission to make sure regeneration works for everyone.”

John McEnroe: “Homophobic Margaret Court’s titles are in the past – where she also belongs”

Sourced via Yahoo! Mail

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Margaret Court is an Australian singles player who won a record 24 singles Grand Slam titles and all four of them in 1970. She also has the second biggest court in Melbourne Park named after her. However, Margaret has been widely criticised for her religious-based views on same-sex marriage and LGBT+ rights. Court, who is a Christian Pastor at Perth’s Victory Life church, launched into a tirade against transgender athletes and claimed the inclusion of LGBT+Q related material at schools was the work of the “devil”.

Speaking on Eurosport at the Australian Open McEnroe (self-appointed Commissioner of Tennis)said: “The air quality in Melbourne is not the only nightmare that Tennis Australia is having, Margaret Court is another” and John McEnroe also quotes: “There’s only one thing longer than Margaret Court’s list of achievements, it’s her list of offensive and homophobic statements. This year, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of Margaret Court’s calendar Grand Slam and Tennis Australia is facing a dilemma: what to do with their crazy aunt? My plea to Serena Williams is to wipe out Margaret Court’s titles into the past, where it belongs.”

Pochettino breaks his silence after Tottenham ‘recharging batteries’

Sourced as well via Independent Newspaper

Mauricio Pochettino says he does not want a prolonged period out of the game.
Fired by Tottenham despite reaching a Champions League final, Mauricio Pochettino said he is adapting to the growing instability of management as he eyes a new club and a return to the dugout.

After top-four finishes in four consecutive seasons – and reaching the 2019 European final and despite spending nothing on players last season – Pochettino was dismissed with Tottenham 14th in the Premier League. It was a ruthless decision by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy in a bid to halt the decline, reflecting how hard it is to stay, as long as Pochettino, in any managerial job. Unai Emery followed Pochettino out of north London rival Arsenal 10 days later. Reduced job security does open up opportunities for out-of-work coaches like Pochettino.

“We know very well how our job is,” Pochettino said. “In the last 10 years you see a little how it’s changed and … it’s unbelievable. But that is our job and we accept that.”