Inspired by people’s ability to get through these tough times - Sue Smith

In last week’s column I talked about some of the things I am doing to keep myself active during the coronavirus lockdown, and asked you to share some of your stories with me.

YP Sport columnist, Sue Smith.

Lisa England, mother of Chelsea and England women’s footballer Beth, got in touch with me to say that she is still working.

Lisa is just one of the many unknown heroes up and down the country who is working as part of the NHS laboratory staff doing incredible work behind the scenes.

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I wanted to say thank you on behalf of all of us for the fantastic work she and so many others like her are putting in at this extremely worrying and difficult time.

Simon Savage, the manager of Penrith Ladies sent me an example of the great teamwork his players have put in to try and get across an important message.

They produced a video inspired by the Smiths’ classic single “Panic” to encourage people to follow the Government guidelines and make sure that they stay at home.

For those of us who are not working at the moment, I wrote about how important it was to have a routine and judging by her tweet, much of Ann Wall’s is taken up between watching Women’s Super League matches she has recorded and doing morning PE lessons with the wonderful Joe Wicks.

She says the FA Player has been helping her to get her fix of women’s football, while ‘The Body Coach’ Joe has been keeping her family active, which is really important for all of us at the moment.

On that theme, Darren Chatham messaged to say he has been doing handstand press-ups, which sounds extremely impressive, although he did not send any video evidence!

I am keen to see him in action – I might try and do something similar myself.

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