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Lockdown 3: Peterborough sports club shuts doors with 'heavy heart'

Peterborough Town Sports Club is closing its doors until at least February 21 due to the third country-wide lockdown. 
City of Peterborough Sports Club has announced it's shutting it's outdoor facilities as well due to the new coronavirus lockdown (Picture: Shuaib Khan)

Following the announcement of the latest lockdown the sports club, which comprises five sporting facilities, has taken the decision to close all indoor and outdoor sports facilities including tennis courts, hockey pitch, and cricket nets following the start of the lockdown on Tuesday, January 5.

The tennis section will put the courts to bed to ensure the nets are all kept safe whilst out of action.  

On social media, the club said: “with a heavy heart we now have to close down our outdoor facilities as well which means that the hockey pitch, outdoor tennis courts, and cricket nets are now all closed until at least February 21 when the next review is due. 

“If you use the car park during this time, please only do so if you are sure your car is registered with as a member of the club or NHS worker paying for a space. You won’t be able to register temporarily during this period so if in any doubt please use the adjacent pay and display car park, to avoid getting a parking ticket which will cost you £60. Given the facilities are all closed, this shouldn’t affect anyone but forewarned is forearmed. 

“Work on converting the old climbing wall back into a top-class glass-back squash court will continue whilst the premises are closed and although the planned opening date of February 1 will now not be possible, we are hoping to have it all up and ready to go when we are finally allowed to open our doors again. 

“Once again, Management Council want to thank everyone for their ongoing support as we try to ensure the club is in as good a position as possible for us to open up again when it is deemed safe to do so.” 

In summer, after the first lockdown, the club worked hard and prepared to make the premises covid-safe with cleaning facilities, sanitisers, and mandatory masks indoors among other measures. The club has asked everyone to follow the guidance to keep everyone safe.