Observe sporting sabbath!
There are lots of good things about sport nowadays. Football matches, for instance, are no longer played on pitches which turn into quagmires in the winter. In rugby, the ball is in play more often, instead of being buried under a pile of bodies for most the time. And armchair fans can enjoy a feast of sport on the television on a multitude of channels.
One of the less good things, however, is the fact many matches are no longer played at 3pm on Saturdays. Of course, they still happen, but frequently, in both football and rugby, there are fixtures scattered at various times on other days. Tonight, for instance, Leicester City are playing Wolves.
We are not having a go at the clubs or the leagues, which have an incredibly busy schedule to coordinate. This is just a statement in support of the traditional Saturday kick-off, and we reckon our feelings are shared by the vast majority of sports fans, as our article on page four today tends to suggest.
Saturday afternoon is the right time for sport. Fans can have a spot of lunch, meet up for the game, have a drink or two, and head down to the ground. It is a tradition which has been part of British sporting life for many decades.
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So, we would appeal to all those involved in organising fixtures, in both rugby and football, to do all they can to observe the sporting sabbath – 3pm on Saturdays!
We are pleased to be teaming up with Comic Relief to give charities and community groups the chance to apply for a slice of £50,000. There are many organisations in Leicestershire which do superb work for their communities.
They have little in the way of funding and rely on volunteers and goodwill to provide activities which are essential to many people. They make a valuable but often unsung contribution to life in Leicestershire.
Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available through the community cash campaign. We hope many groups will benefit and that this will help them carry on the great work they do.