There are scores of sports you can try whether you are young or old, super fit, out of condition or disabled. There is information here about each sport, including how to get training, and links to clubs and associations. Why not give some of these a try?
AIKIDO is essentially non-violent, encourages harmony of Mind, Body & Spirit and the avoidance of confrontation. Force is never opposed by force. more
Basketball is the World's fastest growing and largest participation sport – it is played by millions all over the world. more
Badminton is the World’s No. 1 racket sport, and approximately 2 million people play in the UK on a regular basis. more
Baseball has been played in the UK since 1890. Softball has been one of the fastest growing adult team sports in the UK over the past two decades. more
As adrenaline rushes go, it’s up there with the best, but with the essential difference that success can take you through to the Olympics.more
Canoeing is a sport rich in potential for young and old - the adventurous and the less adventurous.more
This take place all over the country from sea fronts to country parks and airfields. more
Enduros are long distance off-road motorcycle endurance events where competitors keep to time schedules between check points. more
The European martial art, offering a physical and mental challenge with a touch of glamour. more
REAL archery, using Traditional English Longbows, Olympic-style recurve bows, American Flatbows, and even compound bows. more
Does your dog love exercise? Flyball is a fun sport for your dog, any dog any age any size, if your dog is fit enough it can play Flyball. more
Golf is a stimulating challenge combined with getting out in the fresh air in pleasant surroundings, played alone or in groups by people of all ages and abilities. more
Joining a British Gymnastics club will give you the chance to have expert coaching and you may even end up in the Olympics! more
A spectacular game - a cross between rugby and basketball on horseback! more
Whether ambling through countryside or galloping across fields, horse riding is fun and exciting for both adults and children. more
Events include hovercraft race meetings, cruises, offshore events and other social activities. more
This is very polpular in Great Britin and about 90% of the population have tried ice skating at one time. more
There are no Attacks in Jujitsu! As it is pure Self Defence therefore Students are taught to restrain, immobilize, and control an attacker. more
Ideal for confidence and fitness, as well as self defence.
Possibly your first step into the exciting world of motor sport! more
An exhillarating sport with national and international competitions. more
This is a team game for adults and juniors - a mixture of Handball, Netball & Basketball. more
This is an athletic, physical and skilful game played by males and females. more
Motor sport can be expensive, so why not race lawn mowers instead! more
Get a totally different view of the world, flying as a pilot in command of your own aeroplane. more
Minigolf is very similar to adventure golf and crazy golf but played oncourses that are designed to reward skill. more
Whether watching or taking part racing bikes over dirt tracks is exciting and suitable for all ages. more
Real motorcycle racing for competitors aged 15 upwards. more
The thrill of the open road with enjoyable, safe and competitive days of organised sporting action more
Learn all about, and fire, ancient style muzzle loading firearms. more
Navigating between control points marked on a unique orienteering map - suitable for all ages. more
To be in freefall, surrounded by nothing but blue sky is to know true freedom. more
Similar to bowls, petanque is said to have first begun seven thousand years ago! more
The fastest ball sport in the world, played with four riders on horses to a team. more
Enjoy The discovery that walking outdoors can bring, and learn to respect for the life of the countryside with experienced guides. more
Proper motorcyle racing but open to youngsters from 11 years of age upwards. more
The new ball game taking the world by storm that kids clamour to play. more
A fast semi-contact ball game played on roller skates or blades between two teams. more
Rounders is a game for both children and adults, and is currently the most popular sport for secondary school girls. more
There are over five hundred rowing clubs in Britain, using rivers, canals, reservoirs and seas all around the country, and their members range in age from 9 to 80. more
Whilst strength and stamina are important, technique of movement can vastly improve performance. more
This has evolved from gentle trials in the 1960s into a serious high speed sport suitable for all ages from 11 upwards. more
This is an economical sport that can be enjoyed for eirther relaxation or competition.more
Target shooting with small-bore rifles and pistols and air rifles and air pistols is part of one of the largest participant sports in the country. more
This is a shooting sport for those aiming to become marksmen and women. more
This is now a very popular sport with hundreds of thousands of us going abroad for skiing holidays each year. more
Slot cars are electrically powered model racing cars guided by a hand controller, which can race each other over a circuit. more
Imagina the ultimate motorbike race over dirt tracks, spectacular turns and jumps as well as tarmac. more
Britain's most popular sporting activity with 22% of adults and 50% of children swimming regularly. more
Not only Britain's favourite racket sport but an Olympic one too.more
This is an inexpensive and healthy sport, and with dedication and practice you might compte against the world's best. more
Exciting and competitive inflatable boat racing for spectators and competitors alike. more
motorbike and sidecar racing on mainly grass tracks, suitable for both adults and children. more
These are tests of motorbike riding skills and balance over a variety of different obstacles. more
A race against the clock by swimming, cycling and running. more
A fast and furious spectator sport in which professional drivers race in cars very similar to our every day cars. more
The ever popular test of strength and technique for literally any types of team. more
With a team in nearly every town in Britain Ultimate is a mixed sex sport played with a frisbee. more
Volleyball is one of the most popular indoor team sports in the world. more
One for ultimate sports enthusiasts, a test of both boats and skill. more
Development of muscle and technique for most age groups. more
Whether you are a complete beginner or an accomplished sailor, the RYA has a training course that will suit you. more
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Sport can involve a lot of travel. It can also involve sharing transport to and from venues. Would you be properly insured for this though?
Just before the last Covid lockdown three friends of mine drove from Manchester over to Leeds for a pub football match. John (not his real name) provided the transport. The match was a draw, ther weather was awful, but both teams retired to a local pub for a beer or two. Luckily (he thought) one of John's passengers was a teetotaller and he offered to drive back. John naturally assumed his driver was insured and one day car insurance was the last thing on his mind.
Just before they reached the M62 the driver had a problem with the gears - he was used to driving a manual car after all. An officer in a nearby police car pulled them over into a slip road, checked the driver's documents - then discovered that he wasn't insured after all. He did have insurance to cover his own car but he had assumed that his policy covered him to drive any vehicle that didn't belong to him - it didn't.
There was some discussion about impounding the car amongst the police officers and since everyone else in the car had had a few drinks this is exactly what happened. A truck came to collect it and at least they gave the occupants of the car a lift to a bus stop. It was several hours before they all got home via a mixture of bus and train.
The driver received a £500 fine and six penalty points on his licence. John received the same - allowing someone to drive your car whilst uninsured is as serious as doing that yourself. John however had already had two speeding convictions so his points tally meant he was banned from driving for six months. It also cost him £150 plus a day off work to arrange for his car to be released at Elland Road Police Station.
In a way he was lucky. One of the police officers wanted to charge him for being drunk in charge of a vehicle. He did after all own it and the driver he nominated was uninsured so was he in charge of it or not? The prosecuter decided not to proceed with that charge luckily.
The moral is clear. Before taking the wheel of any car, or allowing anyone else to drive yours, make sure that proper car insurance is in place. You can buy it for as little as one single day, or for longer periods try this short term car insurance company.
Even if someone driving someone else's car is insured to drive any other vehicle not belonging to that person the cover is invariably third party only. This means that although the minimum legal requirements have been met the insurance company would not pay anything out for the car itself if was damaged and the driver was held to blame, or if it was stolen. Losing or wrecking a mate's car, and being unable to pay for it, is a good way to destroy a friendship completely. On the other hand a short term car insurance policy is usually comprehensive which gives a huge safety net.
Not really. The insurance market is very competitive - and the small premium is far less than the potential expenses, fines and stress that driving without insurance, even accidentally, can cause.