Oliver Dowden – 2020 Comments on Return of Grassroots Sport

The comments made by Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 23 November 2020.

This is a big step forward for sport. Bringing grassroots sport back was my number one priority so I’m pleased we are reopening sports and gyms in every tier, in recognition of the significant health benefits.

I’m also delighted we are able to get the turnstiles turning sooner than expected, taking a cautious approach and starting with the lowest risk areas first. I’m confident that sports will take every step to ensure their fans are safe, and fans will play their part and look out for each other until we can safely get everyone back in.