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Coronavirus precautions force Moray indoor and outdoor sports clubs to put their efforts on hold

By Craig Christie

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SPORTS clubs across Moray are shutting down their activities due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Elgin Boys Club have cancelled their football season.
Elgin Boys Club have cancelled their football season.

Many groups are following recommendations made by their respective sport’s governing bodies to halt training and coaching stints for health and safety reasons.

Football was first to close down, with the Scottish FA postponing all domestic professional and grassroots action for an indefinite period.

As well as Highland League and junior football, Moray welfare league seasons which were due to start in the next month have been put on hold. And for the first time since they were founded in 1964, Elgin Boys’ Club have had to call off their summer football season.

Athletics has been affected, with Moray Road Runners, Forres Harriers, Elgin AAC and Keith and District AAC all stopping training sessions for the foreseeable future.

The Northern Scot 10k series, which began with the Nairn 10k, has been cancelled. Scheduled races at Miltonduff this month, Buckie in April and Forres in May will not be held this year.

Elgin's weekly parkrun, a 5k event at the Cooper Park each Saturday morning, has also been put on hold starting from this weekend.

Moray’s Quasar Hockey Club have stopped all training as well as league or friendly matches on the advice of Scottish Hockey.

Elgin Amateur Boxing Club has suspended all classes and training for a minimum of two weeks.

The Morayshire Indoor Bowling Association season has ended prematurely, as has the action at Elgin and District Indoor Bowling Club, with their Moycroft stadium now being closed.

Moray Junior Ice Hockey Club have cancelled all sessions until further notice.

Government recommendations that people should not gather in local pubs and clubs had led to the postponement of remaining games in the Elgin and District Pub Darts League.

Uncertainty remains over the North of Scotland cricket league, which was due to begin over the coming weeks. Forres St Lawrence CC have stopped coaching sessions in the meantime.

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