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Inverness Craig Dunain are on lookout for temporary home base


By Andrew Henderson

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Inverness Craig Dunain are on the lookout for a new base, as their usual High School pitch does not meet current Covid-19 regulations.

Inverness Craig Dunain are looking for a new home.
Inverness Craig Dunain are looking for a new home.

Training was finally able to resume in a fashion in recent months after the enforced break, but with the prospect of competitive games looming at the end of October, plans will need to be put in place soon.

One thing that seems certain is that Inverness High School will not be an option for them as the facilities do not line up with social distancing guidelines.

That is an added layer of stress to what should be an exciting time as ICD look ahead to their first action since the start of the year.

“There’s a bit of excitement with the fixtures being released,” team manager Graeme Hislop said.

“It’s a new kind of table, a new format which is just really to help clubs get back playing again.

“For us, there are still some hurdles to pass, all depending on where we go with the pandemic.

“In the current climate, we would be unable to use the High School because the Highland Council protocol and rules that the SRU have mean we need four changing rooms.

“We might have to look at the Bught. It’s one of those things we’ll cross when it comes to it.”

Although not having a definite home for the season at this stage is a concern, the fate of the season itself is a bigger one.

Fixtures are set to start on October 31, with spare weeks built into the season for possible delays, but Hislop knows there is no guarantee it will start on time.

“It’s early days, we all know what’s happening out there at the moment and it’s getting worse again,” he reasoned.

“Covid might put a halt to things before we even start, that’s my fear to be honest, but we’ll just have to wait and see how things go and see if things progress.

“If they deteriorate, who says we’ll even get to start on October 31? We might get delayed again.”



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