Wishart secures review on football rules for Shetland

Shetland’s MSP has today secured a commitment for a Scottish Government review of the current rules on indoor contact sports including football training in the isles.

Adult indoor contact sports like football are currently not allowed in Level 1 areas like Shetland. However, as Ms Wishart highlighted during a hybrid question session in the Scottish Parliament, Shetland’s winter means outdoor pitches are often waterlogged and impossible to play on.

Ms Wishart noted that local football teams had asked why large, well ventilated facilities like the 60:40 were not allowed to offer safe alternatives.   

In response, the Minister for Public Health Joe Fitzpatrick agreed to look again at the guidance.

Commenting, Ms Wishart said:

“Keeping active while we deal with ongoing restrictions is absolutely essential. Sports like football tick the physical and mental health boxes, and these opportunities were sorely missed during the summer in lockdown.

“While Shetland is under Level 1 restrictions, on the basis of low case numbers, local teams are questioning whether safe alternatives could be found. All options should be properly considered.

“I am glad the Scottish Government have agreed to my request for a review of this guidance, and look forward to being updated on this.”

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