Government urged to rethink indoor sport restrictions

25th September 2020

Government urged to rethink indoor sport restrictions

In a letter to Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston MP, Sue Storey, CEO of Volleyball England, has called on the Government to rethink its decision to introduce restrictions to indoor sports. 

From 24th September, organised indoor sport for over 18s must comply with the Government’s rule of six. Plans to launch 6v6 indoor competitions for the 2020/21 season have been paused as a result. 

As Sue writes in her letter, the decision has left the volleyball community devastated and rightly asking the question of why indoor team sports are being singled out. 

When these new restrictions were announced by the Government earlier this week, Sue said that Volleyball England will follow these new rules to the letter and do its utmost to ensure the community adheres to them too. 

She also promised that the sports body would campaign for common sense to prevail, and this correspondence to the Sports Minister marks the first step.

At the end of her letter, Sue writes: “I am therefore urging the Government to firstly rethink this decision, and secondly to provide us with the rationale for the decision.

“We are very keen to work with Government to find a compromise where volleyball is not disproportionately affected, and our passionate and dedicated volleyball community can play the game they love safely and within the guidance.” 

Click here to read the letter in full.


Picture: Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston at a media event to mark two years to go until the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Government urged to rethink indoor sport restrictions