PLEAS have been made for some fans to be allowed to return to watch Barrow’s football team under a government pilot scheme.

The Government has confirmed the launch of a new Events Research Programme, which will include a series of pilot events using testing measures, in preparation for a full rollback of restrictions planned June 21.

The pilot events will start in April in England and bosses at Barrow AFC are hoping to be a part of the programme.

Barrow MP Simon Fell has backed the bid in a letter to the minister for sport, Nigel Huddleston.

He said: “For many of my constituents their health, mental and physical, goes hand-in-hand with being able to follow their club, especially in these trying times.

“Barrow fans are among the best in the football league. Sadly, they have been deprived of the opportunity to back their team from the terraces of the Progression Solicitors Stadium, except for three games in December.

“I hope that the Government agree to include Barrow AFC in the upcoming programme, so that supporters can cheer their team on at this crucial point in the club’s season, and to provide a welcome boost to local people’s health and wellbeing after what has been a gruelling period.”

Levi Gill, the chief executive of Barrow AFC explaining his enthusiasm for taking part in the scheme, saying: "As a club we’d be proud to play our part in that recovery effort via the Events Research Programme.”