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Fun Facts You Might Not Know About UK Sports

uk cricketWithout a shadow of a doubt, the United Kingdom is home to one of the most ardent and passionate sports fans and athletes. It has given birth to legends throughout centuries and has its fair share of funny moments. Care to find out a few fun facts about UK sports? If you do, then read on. We’ve prepared loads for you.

·      The Olympics was held in London, the UK’s capital, back in 1908 and 1948. In 2012, it once again hosted the Summer Olympics. With that, London has become the very first city to have hosted the said sporting event thrice. During the same year, it was also the first time for every participating country to have at least one female athlete.

·      Despite being one of the biggest football nations in the world, UK’s national sport is actually cricket, an outdoor sport played by two teams of 11 players using a flat bat, a small hard ball, and wickets. A player scores by batting the ball and running, while the defenders can get a player out by bowling and hitting the wicket, catching a hit ball, or running the player out.

·      The northern wall of a tennis court in the Whitehall Palace, then the largest sporting complex in the entirety of Europe, is considered to be London’s oldest living sports structure. Built by Henry VIII in 1534, it can only be visited by government officials and cabinet ministers as of writing as it now forms part of the Cabinet Office, backing onto Downing Street.

·      Football has been repeatedly banned in the UK throughout history. The first was in April 13, 1314 after King Edward II received complaints from merchants about the noise in the city. It is to be noted that at the time there were no standards in place. Players can be as much as an entire town and public places like roads are often used. In many cases, the game ends violently. It was also seen as a distraction from practicing archery which was crucial in the nation’s defenses thus leading Edward III, Richard II, Edward IV and Henry IV to call for a ban in 1349, 1389, 1401 and 1477 respectively.

·      UK sports made a lot of history. The country has given birth to a range of major international sports such as association football, badminton, billiards, bowls, boxing, cricket, curling, darts, golf, hockey, ice hockey, modern rowing, netball, rugby (union and league), snooker, squash, table tennis and tennis.

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Do You Have What it Takes to Play Football

beckham_davidFootball is perhaps the world’s most popular sport with the World Cup being the most attended and watched all over the globe. We’ve all come to see the greats live and play it off on the field. They’ve made a name for themselves and have amazing careers ahead of them. This of course comes not only with fame but also fortune.

Kids as small as can be dream to be professional athletes someday just like their idols. Admit it. It has at least crossed your mind too. But what exactly does it take to be a footballer? Here, have a look.

  • The Physique

Endurance is very crucial in a game like football. With a field as that covers a total of 57,600 square feet in area that’s 360 feet long and 160 feet wide. It takes a lot of physical strength, agility and endurance to last. As a matter of fact, a player runs an average of 9.65 kilometers during the course of an entire game. Exercise, discipline and consistency are crucial to achieve a body that can withstand the strain.

  • The Technical Skill

No matter how strong a person is, if they couldn’t juggle, dribble, pass and receive and shoot then we don’t have a player. There has to be adequate skill in order to play. This of course can only be honed by time and perseverance. Practice and training are very important in order to hone, develop and master such technical skills.

  • The Speed

This comes as no surprise. The faster one is the better they become. Running is only part of the equation here. Of course, there has to be momentum and swiftness in movement. However, speed also applies to decision making as well as understanding of the game. Strategies are not only built before a game or at timeouts. It happens within the field too.

  • The Teamwork

Football is first and foremost a team sport. Not knowing when and how to pass not only denotes selfishness but it can also hinder the success of any team. Every player has their own role in the game and one has to know how to play their part in order to win. It’s all about the team not the individual.

  • The Attitude

Great footballers aren’t all skill, strength and knowledge. They have to have the personality too. Attitude differentiates a good and great athlete. Coaches and players will not want to work and with someone who’s hard to deal with.