LOCKDOWN restrictions relaxation provides an opportunity for children across Knutsford to get active and continue their love of sports in the town.

That is the view of Russell Coulston, junior co-ordinator at Toft Cricket Club.

“Our season starts now,” said Coulston.

“Our team managers and coaches are busy preparing for the return of players young and old.

“It’s an exciting time and there is a real buzz about the place.

“We’re currently running our Easter cricket camps and the response has been awesome. The kids are obviously enjoying being outside again playing sports at Toft.”

Across Knutsford, junior sports teams are re-opening their outdoor facilities and many extending their seasons which will overlap the traditional cricket season.

This means parents and children having to make decisions on how to balance cricket, football, rugby, hockey and many more!

“We know it’s a tough call for parents as there are subs to pay as well as the logistics of transporting children to and from coaching and matches,” said Coulston.

“But we hope to welcome as many members back to Toft as possible this month - after all, as well as playing and spectating we have our wonder pavilion re-opening soon, too, which is always popular with local families looking for a relaxed place to grab a drink where there is lots of space for their children to run around safely.”

Katherine Wasilewska, pavilion manager, added: “Despite the lockdown restrictions we were able to offer our members a great venue last year because of our unique outdoor space and we’re planning for a super year this year too.

“We can now open our bar for outdoor table service in a specially erected marquee area, and soon after we hope to resume normal service plus our full events calendar featuring an evening with Graeme Swann (ex-England cricketer) and the much anticipated summer ball.”

Junior coaching starts this Friday and Saturday 16/17. To join or for more information visit Toftcc.com or email info@toftcc.com.