BORIS Johnson has announced organised outdoor sports for children and adults can return from March 29, as long as the government's 'road map' out of lockdown goes according to plan.

The government also said spectators will be able to return to sporting venues in England from May 17.

This would mean up to 4,000 fans or half capacity, and 'very large stadiums' could have up to 10,000 supporters or 25 per cent, whichever is lower, inside grounds.

It is good news for Keighley Cougars fans who could be back cheering their boys on in mid-May.

Their Betfred League One season would be well underway by that point and the restrictions would mean supporters could re-enter Cougar Park.

All this, of course, depends on the success of the vaccine rollout, vaccine efficacy, the presence of variants and infection rates, which will be measured before deciding whether to take the next step.

Rugby unions clubs like Wharfedale, Keighley, Otley and Ilkley will be able to arrange friendlies to keep themselves busy over the spring months.

But it is still unknown when non-elite football clubs will be allowed fans in, meaning it does not really change the situation our lower non-league teams find themselves in.

Leagues in Step 3-6 are currently suspended with hope of completing the season diminishing by the day.

They might be able to play, but Barnoldswick Town, Steeton and Silsden rely on gate receipts and revenue from the bar to financially function.

Grassroots leagues, like the Craven League and Ilkley Town's West Yorkshire League, should be able to resume playing from the end of March, with the FA confirming their season can be extended into June.