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Wolves-Sheffield United moved to Saturday night to avoid funeral clash



The Premier League match between Wolves and Sheffield United on Saturday will kick off at 8.15pm to avoid a clash with the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

The fixture had been due to kick off at 3pm, but the league confirmed on Monday afternoon that it had been rescheduled as a mark of respect.

It is understood the FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Manchester City will stay at its original 5.30pm kick-off time, and that the decision to move the Wolves game to 8.15pm also took the last-four tie at Wembley into consideration.

The day’s other Premier League game, between Newcastle and West Ham, will kick off at 12.30pm as planned, the English top flight said in a statement.

A number of EFL clubs announced their matches on Saturday had been moved to 12.30pm kick-offs from their original 3pm slot, though some may opt to kick off at or after 5pm if a lunchtime kick-off does not work for travel reasons.

All four Premiership Rugby matches being played on Saturday have been moved, with two kicking off at 12.30pm and two at 5pm.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has said all nine LV= Insurance County Championship matches will pause for an hour and 20 minutes and has asked recreational cricket clubs to stop play for an hour to pay their respects, alongside observing the one minute silence at 3pm.

Grassroots football leagues, which come under the jurisdiction of the Football Association, are understood to have been advised to avoid play between 2.45pm and 4.15pm on Saturday.

The World Snooker Tour is liaising with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) with regard to the World Championship, which is scheduled to start on Saturday in Sheffield.

The World Championship is scheduled to start in Sheffield on Saturday
The World Championship is scheduled to start in Sheffield on Saturday (Nigel French/PA)

High-profile race meetings at Ayr and Newbury scheduled for Saturday have been switched to the following afternoon.

As a result, the Coral Scottish Grand National fixture at the Scottish venue and the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials meeting at the west Berkshire course will now be held on Sunday.

No racing is due to take place in Britain between 2.45pm and 4.15pm on Saturday. Meetings at Bangor, Thirsk, Brighton and Nottingham will go ahead but with different start times to ensure races do not clash with the ceremony.

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Brentford likely to be the only Premier League club spared Covid passports under Government plans



Brentford could be the only Premier League club spared Covid passports under plans to roll them out at all-seater venues where crowds exceed 20,000, Telegraph Sport can reveal.

As disclosed by the Telegraph last week, the Government issued guidance on Friday recommending “the use of the NHS Covid Pass in facilities or events where people are likely to be in close proximity to a large number of people from other households for a sustained period of time”.

That includes at “spectator sport events”, further guidance on which is set to be issued on Monday when almost all remaining national coronavirus restrictions are lifted and sports grounds are allowed to return to full capacity.

The Telegraph has been told the Government will recommend that seated sporting events exceeding 20,000 spectators adopt Covid passports – proof of full vaccination or evidence of a negative test.

Following the promotion of Norwich City, Watford and Brentford from the Championship last season, only the west London club would fall under that 20,000 capacity at their Brentford Community Stadium (17,250), meaning they could have the option to ignore the use of Covid passports when fans return in great numbers this month.

The Premier League could choose to adopt a uniform approach though, which would see Brentford fall in line with the other 19 clubs and enforce Covid passports for supporters to gain entry.

While most Championship clubs would be under pressure to introduce them, most League One and Two teams would not be.

One Championship club that could be spared is Peterborough United, whose stadium holds only 15,000 and whose owner, Darragh MacAnthony, last week branded plans to roll out Covid certification a “disgrace”, accusing the measure of “punishing” the young.

Sport had called for Covid passports if it meant being allowed to return to full capacity and has long been planning to adopt them if required.

The same goes for Premiership Rugby clubs, with only Wasps, Leicester Tigers and Bristol Bears playing at grounds with more than 20,000 capacity – the Ricoh Arena, Welford Road and Ashton Gate respectively. Twickenham would also be among those advised to use Covid passports when England games are staged at the 82,000-seater stadium.

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Everards Community Excellence Fund behind local projects



Leicester Tigers long-standing club partner Everards has helped in supporting 12 community projects as part of a £40,000 funding programme.


With 160 applications in total, the Everards Community Excellence Fund opened for applications throughout April with £40,000 available to support community projects within a 20-mile radius of an Everards pub.


All entries went through a rigorous judging process with the successful projects going through due diligence in June.


The successful projects, in no particular order are:

  • Broughton Astley Village Hall
  • Home Starter Box Project 
  • John Storer House Community Shop 
  • Kenilworth Lions Shop 
  • South Leicestershire Wombles 
  • Upstairs at the Western 
  • Paradise Allotment 
  • There With You Fund 
  • Shama Women’s Care 
  • Headway Leicester 
  • Mountsorrel & Rothley Heritage Centre 
  • Wellbeing Café 

Supported by The Everard Family Foundation and Carling, Kia Ryan who formed part of the judging panel on behalf of Everards, said: “We are delighted to support such a variety of projects and were astounded with the number of entries we had! Reading them all was so inspiring and quite emotional to read of so many good people and projects trying to support their communities and the people within them.



You can follow Everards on social media to see all the projects as they come to life. 


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St Helens link up with former Premier League striker



St Helens and The Turmeric Co. have announced an 18-month partnership, which will see The Turmeric Co. support the rugby league side with their recovery after matches and training sessions.

The shots, developed by former West Brom and Wales striker Thomas Hal Robson-Kanu, will be taken daily by the St Helens squad, and becomes The Turmeric Co.’s second rugby league club partner, having announced a deal with Salford Red Devils earlier in 2021.

The Turmeric Co. produces a unique range of delicious turmeric shots developed over a decade, and, as a result of this partnership, will be providing the club’s first team players with a combination of nature’s most powerful fresh ingredients.

The Turmeric Co. is the UK’s leading producer of naturally produced turmeric shots, which are used by a number of professional football clubs including Swansea City, Luton Town, Rotherham United, Northampton Town and Plymouth Argyle as well as elite rugby union sides such as Leicester Tigers and Sale Sharks and even British Gymnastics, to enhance their recovery and holistic health.

Alex Walmsley has recently become an ambassador for The Turmeric Co. and has already seen the benefits of using their product: “I have been using these shots for about two months now and they have been hugely beneficial. 

“They help with my inflammation, especially coming off my off-season knee surgery. These shots really helped with my recovery and I can’t recommend them highly enough.”

Saints’ Head of Strength and Conditioning, Matt Daniels is delighted to have secured their support for the squad: “The inclusion of this highly regarded product as part of the team’s performance programme will be great addition. The range of Turmeric Co. Shots will be used for both preparation and recovery of the playing squad. 

“The movement and contact demands of our game means that the powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the shots will assist players through a very busy fixture schedule.”

Simon Harris, Commercial Director at The Turmeric Co. added: “St Helens is a team that is recognised globally, being one of the most successful rugby league teams in the history of the sport, so we are delighted to add them to our growing list of partners. We’ve seen that rugby league players are really benefitting from the shots across all areas of their game.

About The Turmeric Co

Founded by Premier League footballer, Thomas Robson-Kanu, The Turmeric Co. offers great tasting and potent vegan turmeric shots: Raw Turmeric Original, Raw Turmeric & Ginger and Raw Turmeric & Beetroot.

Developed over 15 years and endorsed by leading nutritionists, The Turmeric Co. deliver great tasting shots designed to boost anyone’s daily routine and support individuals who are on their wellness journey. Providing a powerful combination of functional and natural ingredients, they boast the strongest measure of raw turmeric available on the market (35g).

Turmeric contains the active ingredient curcumin, scientifically proven to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-depressant properties, as well as helping with weight management and improving skin conditions.

The natural and convenient shots contain zero added sugar or preservatives, come freshly chilled and can be drunk alone or incorporated into food and drink such as breakfast smoothie bowls or in tea with hot water and honey.

Unlike other turmeric shots on the market, The Turmeric Co. shots use fresh watermelon as a base, selected for its influential polyphenol and low sugar profile, rather than low functional juices with a high sugar content such as apple and orange juice. The shots also contain flax oil, which aids absorption of the following functional ingredients and only 4.5g of sugar, the lowest on the market.

Sustainability is at the heart of The Turmeric Co’s ethos, demonstrated by ethically sourced ingredients which support local agro-entrepreneurs. All three shots are bottled in fully recyclable, eco-friendly packaging, all of which can be returned with a pre-paid label to The Turmeric Co. for responsible recycling.

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