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Outdoor team sports training can resume on 10 May and matches without spectators from 7 June

Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres will also be able to reopen their doors on 7 June,

Updated Apr 29th 2021, 6:23 PM

THERE IS GOOD news for sports teams around the country this evening with outdoor training permitted from Monday 10 May while matches can take place from Monday 7 June.

covid-19-signage-at-training Covid 19 signage at training last summer. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The measures were revealed as the government outlined their plans for the easing of restrictions in the coming weeks.

Next week the green light will be given for adult team sports training in pods of no more than 15 people.

Then from that early June date, matches can be held outdoors but with no spectators.

Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres will also be able to reopen their doors on 7 June, but they will not be permitted to hold classes – it will be individual training only.

Indoor team/group sports including matches, training and exercise classes is one of number of higher-risk activities that will be considered over the coming period for later in the year, along with having spectators at events.

GAA inter-county training returned on 19 April, with matches kicking off next Saturday, 8 May. 

Underage training resumed this week, as sports facilities, including pitches, golf courses and tennis courts, reopened on Monday.

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League of Ireland [LOI] and Women’s National League [WNL] football have been underway for some time now, as has provincial rugby and the majority of international sport, along with horse racing meetings.

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