TOMORROW sees grassroots sport make a welcome return to Somerset after the latest Covid-19 lockdown.

Schools and colleges have been back since March 8 - allowing youth sport to return - and now the latest relaxation of restrictions is set to take place across England.

It means an end to the ‘stay at home’ rule, and people can meet outside - either with one other household or within the ‘rule of six’ - although they are still urged to stay local as much as possible.

These new guidelines allow for outdoor sport facilities (including basketball and tennis courts, and golf courses) to reopen, and for formally organised outdoor sports (such as football and rugby) to restart.

Enmore Park Golf Club’s Greenkeeping team have been working hard ahead of the course’s reopening, while Bridgwater Lawn Tennis Club will reopen tomorrow for organised club sessions, coaching and individual bookings.

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The tennis club - based on Huntworth Lane, North Petherton - will be offering Saturday morning coaching from April 24, with more information available from head coach Stuart Bannerman via

Bridgwater Bowling Club, meanwhile, is set to have its ‘Opening Day’ on Saturday, April 17 - with rinks to be booked in advance, and both the bar and changing rooms remaining closed at that point.

Team sports being allowed to resume enables the Bridgwater Town footballers to return to training, ahead of their FA Vase fourth round tie against Tavistock on April 17.

Both the Taunton & District Saturday Football League and the Bridgwater & District Sunday League are to resume, the former in the shape of a cup tournament instead of league fixtures.

Football Association guidance (here) states that players “should avoid travel at the busiest times and routes, as well as minimising any unnecessary journeys where possible”.

Changing rooms must remain closed, and spectators are not allowed at this point.

Bridgwater Hockey Club has announced that women's training will resume on Tuesday (March 30, 7-8.30pm) and men's training on Wednesday (March 31, 7-8.30pm).

Players will need to wear a face mask to use the bathroom facilities at 1610, and there will not be a useable water fountain on site.

England Netball, meanwhile, has published guidance for the return of that sport here.

Cricket also has the go-ahead to restart, and with the Taunton & District Youth League hoping to have a full season this summer, Bridgwater Cricket Club’s youngsters are to start outdoor training at The Parks from Monday, April 5.

For more details on those training sessions, you can email

North Petherton Cricket Club players are looking forward to the start of training at the start of April, too, with West of England Premier League and Somerset Cricket League fixtures scheduled to begin on Saturday, May 1.

The England & Wales Cricket Board has published guidance for players here.

What’s still to come?

From Monday, April 12 - providing that Covid-19 cases continue to fall - indoor leisure venues such as gyms and swimming pools will reopen, albeit without indoor mixing between different households.

The third step of the government ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown is to follow on Monday, May 17, when the ‘rule of six’ is to be abolished for outdoor gatherings, and replaced with a limit of 30 people - enabling fans to return to sporting fixtures.

Six people or two households will also be able to meet indoors from May 17, meaning that indoor group sports and exercise classes can restart.