The intention is to host an exhibition or series of exhibitions in the area once restrictions are relaxed and it is safe to do so. Prior to this we will publish selected images on our FB page –

The Consett Corona Photo Project started in March 2020 and has continued to document the effects of Covid-19 upon the people, volunteer groups and businesses in the Consett area. All images have been photographed within the Government guidelines. If you wish to be part of the project or have suggestions, please contact us at:

SW Grassroots football1. SW Grassroots football

Our first Sporting image shows grassroots football, which was allowed to return from the 29th March. Even though it was outside on a windy day a good proportion of the crowd of parents chose to wear face masks. The first game back for Stanley U’11s saw them play and win against Plains Farm Green from Sunderland, the match was played at Dipton. The excitement on both the children’s and parent’s faces were obvious as they had been prevented from playing their sport for so long. (Image: Steve Webb)

Consett, Co. Durham, ENGLAND – 4th March 2021: Corona virus Lockdown images, General images taken of Consett RFC Club Rugby training for Juniors and Minis, Consett, Co. Durham, ENGLAND
(Photo by George Ledger Photography)

2. GL Minis rugby

Rugby also returned following relaxations on the 29th March but with restrictions and (temporary) changes to the laws to prevent Rucks and scrums. However even during Junior training at Consett Rugby Club, every 15 minutes hands are sanitised, and Rugby balls and equipment cleaned. After four weeks of contact training to enable players to build fitness levels and condition themselves physically, matches with adapted laws (no scrums or mauls) will be permitted against other clubs from 26th April. Full contact training is forecast to return in June, provided the UK government meet their scheduled re-opening criteria. (Image: George Ledger)

3. CB Cycling

Recreational cycling resumed for groups up to 6 people on the 29th March, so no longer were solo bike rides the only way to get out and exercise. Groups of friends could go out together and enjoy group cycling along the Derwent Walk. (Image: Chris Bruce)

4. CB Tennis

As of 29th March, we saw the gradual lifting of restrictions with the ‘rule of 6’ people meeting outdoors and outdoor grassroots sport restart across our area. Shotley Bridge Tennis Club didn’t hesitate to welcome back old and new members in the Easter sunshine and training resumed for their younger members. (Image: Chris Bruce)

Consett, Co. Durham, ENGLAND -17th April 2021: Corona virus Lockdown images, General images taken of Consett CC v Ryton CC at Blackfyne, Consett, Co. Durham, ENGLAND
Consett CC beat Ryton
(Photo by George Ledger Photography)

5. Cricket

Cricket – Was allowed to restart but under strict Covid-19 rules and further rules by the ECB, e.g. Changing rooms cannot be used, No Teas to be provided and players to bring along their own refreshments. Players had to sign in with the NHS app. During the game, the umpires called Covid breaks after every 6 overs, and all players had to sanitise. Despite restarting, the match had to play out without ‘spectators’ as they are not permitted during stage 2 of the roadmap. However, an ambiguity of Stage 2 allows people to participate in outdoor hospitality (table service only) during the game whilst seated in the beer garden – a good excuse to enjoy the cricket even more! Consett’s first game was a good day as they comfortably beat Ryton by 6 wickets. (Image: George Ledger)

6. Fitness Classes

Over the past few months Julie has been hosting her fitness classes online, to adhere to covid regulations. The easing of lockdown restrictions, mean that Julie can now return to some of her fitness classes in person. At first, Outdoor sessions of Rock fit have resumed in Ebchester and everyone is so happy to get moving again. Indoor sessions will resume after Stage 3 relaxations on the 17th May. These particular exercise classes are accompanied by rock music rather than the usual dance music and are suitable for all abilities. Black clothing is optional. (Image: Debbie Todd)

Consett, Co. Durham, ENGLAND -16th April 2021: Corona virus Lockdown images, General images taken of Derwent Valley Gymnastics Club, No 1 Industrial Estate, Consett, Co. Durham, ENGLAND
(Photo by George Ledger Photography)

7. GL Childrens Gymnastics

All children’s activities (including parent and child groups up to 15 people) were allowed to restart on the 12th of April. Derwent Valley Gymnastics Club opened their doors to all their age ranges but with new Covid safety guidelines. Parents only allowed to drop off and pick up their children and Not to enter the building. Children to arrive dressed for the session, bring their own drinks. Hands to be sanitised on entry and gym doors to be partially opened to improve ventilation. 2-meter distance signs are placed around the gym and all coaches have completed an Infection Prevention Control Course etc etc (A full list of the new measures are displayed on their website).(Image: George Ledger)

8. CB Indoor Gym

Indoor leisure, including Gyms could reopen on Monday 12th April but only for individual use. No group classes are allowed indoors until the 17th May. Steel Town Gym in Consett was keen like others, to reopen and welcome back members to the gym. They have made sure all members and staff are as safe as possible by strict adherence to Covid-19 regulations including cleaning equipment after use, hand sanitisers, restricted numbers, and increased ventilation. (Image: George Ledger)


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