Away from its formal gardens, Regent’s Park has a surprising amount of open space. I just walk there, but more energetic people turn up for organised sport.
Rugby players get the worst deal, having to play in the winter. I took this photo from the edge of the Cumberland Green rugby pitch in January, on a dark and moody day when nobody in their right mind would want to play any outdoor sport.
The weather had improved slightly by March, when I took this photo from the corner of a football pitch near the Hub. Football pitches become available when the weather is just about bearable.
When April arrives, and the weather would be perfect for playing football, the cricket season begins, hitting football for six. There’s even an official disapproval of football, with signs proclaiming-
“Cricket Outfield: the playing of football is not permitted inside this boundary”.
It’s important to protect the grass on the wicket, but I’m not sure why football is completely outlawed. At least the signs have become more logical this season. The old signs banned football, while still showing footballers on the same patch of grass. The rule is still in place, but the new signs show a cricket ball instead, so I won’t complain.
4. One that baffled me.
These new lines were added in May, and I don’t recognise this sport. Now it’s over to my American readers to tell me – will these lines be used for softball, or have the line painters gone crazy?
I hope there’s still room for football, especially in this World Cup year.