Nottinghamshire are batting for a smoke-free Rushcliffe by becoming one of the first major grounds to introduce smoking restrictions ahead of the July 1 ban.

A policy that will make Trent Bridge smoke-free, apart from in three designated areas, was launched today when Chief Executive, Derek Brewer staged a photocall with John Cranswick, the Mayor of Rushcliffe.

Derek said: “We considered a number of options and decided to implement a policy which bans smoking in all buildings, stands and concourses but allows people to smoke in three designated car parks around the ground - the Trent Bridge Inn, Hound Road and Dixon Gates.

“This policy applies not only for match days. It applies at all times, including for events and functions at Trent Bridge, and staff and visitors will be required to comply.

“We realise that smokers have needs and clear signage is being displayed within the ground to direct those who want to smoke to the relevant car parks. Suitable receptacles for cigarette ends will be provided in those areas.

“Rushcliffe Borough Council have been very helpful and we thank them for the guidance which has enabled us to go smoke-free so early.”

Alongside today’s launch, Steve Dowling from Smoke-free Notts, which has the backing of all eight Notts councils and three Primary Care Trusts, introduced a local support pack containing the information businesses need to comply with the new legislation.