Lack of rain forces Norfolk and Great Yarmouth councils to suspend play due to dry pitches

Football and rugby have fallen victim to dried-out council pitches in Norfolk.

Norwich and Great Yarmouth councils were forced to close grounds to protect grass and prevent injuries after prolonged warm and dry weather.

The suspension applies to league games and general use and will affect four parks in Norwich and six sports areas in Great Yarmouth.

Officials said the suspension was designed to protect grass that would be vital later in the season to avoid mud-bath goal areas.

There was also concern over health and safety after numerous complaints from youth teams about the hardness of pitches.

The situation is due to reviewed on a weekly basis and play will be resumed when there has been "some serious rain."

 

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