Chambers keeping positive

Chambers: We have to be grateful for the time we have…

Kidderminster Harriers' Ashley Chambers

ASHLEY Chambers admits he isn’t taking the chance to spend time with his family for granted – in support of those who don’t have that chance.

With the entire nation adopting social distancing, Harriers players and staff are, much like the rest of the country, having to do as best they can to work from home and avoid travelling out unless absolutely necessary.

It has presented a unique situation for many who are now spending much more time indoors – not least footballers, who are so used to daily training and matches at weekends.

Chambers is determined to make the best of that situation, though, and spoke to earlier today to reveal some of what he and his family have been doing to keep busy.

The former Nuneaton man and his team mates are required to follow their own fitness programmes while they’re away from collective training, and he’s been making the fullest of his spare time aside from that.

He explained: “The weather has been nice and, with the sun being out, my partner has been really active in finding things that the kids can do outside.

“We’ve made a couple of wormeries and we’re going to plant some strawberries later, so the kids can see the progression of them as time goes on – that takes the mind away from being inside all the time.

“Our school has been good in sending out things that we can do, so we’ve been keeping up with that as well, but we’ve also just been enjoying spending time as a family.

“The best thing we can do to protect the country is to stay indoors…” Ashley Chambers

“It’s not the usual time of year for me to do that, but we’re trying to spin it into a positive.”

Quite apart from being frustrated at being asked to stay home, the Harriers striker, who has 12 goals to his name this season so far, takes a very different view.

He is choosing to embrace what he can from what is national emergency – accepting that those who are working in, for instance, the NHS or emergency services, don’t have the option of spending time with family.

“The best thing we can do to protect the country is to stay indoors,” he added. But we have to be grateful for the time we have together as a family as there are a lot of people who won’t have that chance.

“Many people will struggle to do it as they’re still having to go to work and provide vital services for everyone else.

“We have to be grateful to have that opportunity.”

And what about football? As small fry as it may seem in comparison to events around the country in general, there’s little doubt that the distraction of a Saturday afternoon fixture at Aggborough – or anywhere else – is much missed.

Might that mean a renewed enthusiasm for those who have a passion for the game?

Looking to the day action resumes, ‘Chambo’ went on to say: “It’s going to be huge – football is loved all around the world, so for that to be taken away is a hit for everyone.

“When it comes back, I’m sure it will be savoured and enjoyed even more, by everyone.”

Kidderminster Harriers urges all supporters around the country to take note of Government instructions and stay at home, and to only go out if circumstances absolutely dictate as much. Latest guidelines are available online.

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