• FA, RFU and ECB among the groups writing to government
  • ‘Thousands of jobs will be lost’ in gyms and leisure centres

More than 50 leading British sports bodies have called for a new government action plan to help grassroots survive and thrive amid the Covid-19 crisis, including a commitment to getting people playing and watching sport again “as soon as possible” even in tier 3 and 4 areas.

The letter, signed by the Football Association, the Rugby Football Union and the England and Wales Cricket Board, among others, also urges the government to support a “new year’s resolution” to put activity at the heart of the nation’s recovery from Covid-19 in 2021.

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