THE Toolstation Western League will be offering NHS staff free entry to all its league matches next season.

League officials have made the gesture in recognition of NHS staff’s exceptional work and sacrifice during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bridport occupied 19th in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division when COVID-19 forced the league programme to be abandoned this season.

Promoted side Tavistock were top of the league when the FA voided all divisions in Steps 3 to 7.

When football does resume, the Western League board have asked all member clubs to honour the contribution of NHS workers by allowing them free entry into games.

Those wishing to make use of this special offer will be required to show a valid form of NHS identification at the turnstile.

Since 2015, the Toolstation Western League has run a scheme whereby serving members of the Armed Forces can gain entry to league games on production of a military ID card.

The NHS scheme will run at least until the end of the 2020/21 season, with clubs able to extend the offer further if they wish.

Last week, the Toolstation Western League also launched its #ThinkOfAFan initiative, inviting people to speak to lonely fans whose social circle revolves around matchdays.