The facilities for Sports in the UK are many and wide ranging. Whatever your interest in sport, either as a spectator or participant, you will find somewhere near to where you live that meets your needs.
This section of our website will guide you through what is available and introduce you to the high profile sporting events and venues as well as providing links to the major sports clubs.
If there is a sport that you are interested in and that we have not covered please contact us, we will be pleased to help.
UK Sporting Venues
Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
Manchester Regional Arena
Gateshead International Stadium
www.gateshead.gov.uk/Leisure and Culture/Sports-and-fitness/Leisure-centres/Gateshead-International-Stadium/home.aspx
Badminton, Basketball, Handball, Netball, Table Tennis, Volley Ball
Copper Box Arena
The All England Jumping Course
Henley Royal Regatta
Official Sports Bodies
This section provides links to the websites of the governing bodies of many of the sports in the UK. Information on their roles, clubs, membership, training, events, venues and schedules can also be found on these sites.
If you are looking for a sport that's not listed below please contact us.Enquire
General Sporting Bodies
The British Olympic Association (BOA) is the National Olympic Committee for the United Kingdom. It represents the Olympic movement and organises the participation of athletes ("Team GB") at the summer, winter and youth Olympic Games.
Sport England is responsible for developing and maintaining the infrastructure of sport in England. It is also responsible for five National Sports Centres and for distributing National Lottery funds.
UK Sports Council
The members of the UK Sport have a wealth of experience in promoting sport in the UK, encouraging participation and providing strategic advice and direction to the organisation.
Women's Sport Foundation
The Women's Sports Foundation is an organisation in the UK that is solely committed to improving and promoting opportunities for women and girls in sport at every level.
Specific Sporting Bodies
Official sporting bodies for specific sports are listed in alphabetical order below.
Refer to our section on American Sports for detailed information on American Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Ice Hockey.
The Angling Trust if the representative body for game, Coarse and Sea Anglers in England.
Angling Trust - Governing body of competitive junior fly-fishing in England.
The British Disabled Angling Association is a national registered charity. The BDAA is an umbrella organisation within angling which encompasses coarse, specimen, sea & game fishing.
British Athletics Federation's website provides information on athletic clubs throughout the UK as well as a diary of athletic meetings throughout the year.
England Athletics is responsible for providing the structure for athletics within England not only for Track and Field but also Cross Country, Road and Fell Running. It holds Championships for these annually.
The Badminton Association of England is the sport's governing body in England. Membership is available (and essential if you want to play competitively).
The British Boxing Board of Control is responsible for the organisation of British boxing, recognition of Championships, and the medical protection of British professional boxers.
The British Mountaineering Council is the representative body that exists to protect the freedoms and promote the interests of climbers, hill walkers and mountaineers, including ski-mountaineers.
The Association of British Mountain Guides is an autonomous body for developing and enhancing the training, skills and reputation of the increasing number of skilled mountaineers who wished to qualify as guides and follow this profession in the world's mountains.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the governing body for international Test Match and One Day International (ODI) cricket.
English Cricket Board the governing body of cricket in England. This site has links to each of the 18 professional county cricket clubs.
The British Cycling Federation is Britain's internationally recognised governing body of cycle sport in BMX, Cycle Speedway, Cyclo-Cross, Mountain Bike, Road and Track with responsibilities which include the co-ordination the racing calendar in all the major sporting disciplines except Time Trials. This website has information on all clubs in the UK.
British Equestrian Federation the recognised governing body of equestrian sport in Britain. BEF represents the sports of Show Jumping, Eventing, Dressage, Horse Driving Trials, Endurance Riding, Vaulting and Reining.
The Football Association is the governing body of football in England.
The Professional Footballer’s Association is the world’s longest established professional sportsmen’s union.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association UK (AOPA UK) is a member of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA). With a total membership of over 400,000 in 50 countries, it is the largest association for pilots in the world.
The British Gliding Association is the controlling organisation for Gliding in the UK.
The Professional Golfers Association is the responsible authority for all golf in the UK and Europe.
The official website of the PGA European Tour.
English Golf Union was established in 1924 and is the governing body for male amateur golf in England.
The Ladies Golf Union based at St. Andrews is the governing body for ladies'golf in Great Britain and Ireland.
The Jockey Club is the regulatory authority for horseracing.
Ice Hockey UK is the National Governing Body and is affiliated to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IHUK) which is the internationally recognised umbrella body in the United Kingdom.
The British Judo Association (BJA) was established in 1948 as the representative national body.
British National Martial Arts and Boxing Association website also has links to the governing bodies of specific martial arts disciplines.
The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) is the governing body of motor sport worldwide including Formula One Grand Prix racing and Rallying. Their website has information and calendar on all their Championship events.
The British Orienteering Federation (BOF) is the official governing body for orienteering as a sport and recreation in the United Kingdom, and represents the United Kingdom on the world governing body for orienteering.
British Rowing is the governing body for the sport of rowing in Great Britain responsible for the organisation and development of rowing in England.
There are two rugby football codes in the UK, Rugby Union and Rugby League. The rules for the two codes are different, Rugby Union has a team of 15 and Rugby League, which is mostly played in the north of England, has a team of 13.
Rugby Football Union is the governing body of Rugby Football in England.
For information on Rugby Football Union for Women visit the England Rugby website.
The RFL online portal covers all things Rugby League.
The Royal Yachting Association is the UK's most comprehensive and authoritative website for those interested in sailing, cruising, racing, events and motor boating.
Please be aware of the strict laws governing ownership of firearms in the UK. ALL firearms must be licensed and kept in secure locations when not in use for sporting activities. Please visit the website of the Metropolitan Police for essential information.
The British Shooting Sports Council is an umbrella organisation representing the major shooting associations in the United Kingdom. The Council promotes and safeguards the lawful use of firearms and air weapons for sporting and recreational purposes in the United Kingdom amongst all sections of the community.
The websites of the following Associations will also be essential viewing for shooting enthusiasts.
The National Rifle Association website offers news, clubs, courses and training.
The British Field Target Association is made up of nine regions from around Great Britain. An objective of the association is to support, encourage and promote all aspects of the sport of air rifle field target shooting. This website has a facility for finding a club near you.
The Amateur Swimming Association is the National Governing Body for Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Open Water, and Synchronized Swimming. It organises competitions throughout England, and establishes the Laws of the Sport for each of the above disciplines.
English Table Tennis Association's web site provides all you need to know about events, schedules and championships. It also has links to other table tennis web sites throughout the world.
The Lawn Tennis Association is the governing body for the game of tennis in Great Britain. The LTA's responsibilities cover all aspects of the game from promoting the game to newcomers to running major International Tournaments.
For information on Triathlon’s throughout the UK visit the British Triathlon website.
If you would like to participate in an outdoor sport or just enjoy it as a spectator this section will help you to find an appropriate club or venue.
British Gliding Association
British Association of Balloon Operators
Aerobility…the home of disabled flying
Athletic clubs in the UK
Visit the Play Cricket website to find local clubs in your area.
The British Cycling Federation gives information on cycling events and clubs
British Equestrian Federation
The Angling Trust
The Football Ground Guide has a complete list of all the professional football clubs in the UK with links to each club's official website.
If you interested in playing there are hundreds of local football teams that will welcome new players. The sports pages of your local newspapers will have details of the local leagues and teams.
Visit the PGA Tour website for an up to date schedule of competitions
Guides and directory for UK Golf Courses
Calendar of events and results at Horse Race Courses in the UK
List of events, organisers and source of information for motor sports in the UK
Rugby Union has a team of 15 and Rugby League has a team of 13.
To find clubs and teams in your area for both Rugby Union and Rugby League visit the Rugby Clubs Information website
Try these websites to find a club near you
Try this website to find a slopes and lessons near you
Tennis Clubs in the UK
Use the below websites to find facilities in your area for Canoeing, Rowing, Sailing, Yachting, Water Skiing and Wake Boarding
If you would like to participate in an indoor sport or just enjoy it as a spectator this section will help you to find an appropriate club or venue.
Snooker, Billiards and Pool are available in many pubs and clubs throughout the UK.
For the more serious competitors or spectators visit the World Snooker website.
www.worldsnooker.com You may also find these websites useful.
Most Sport and Leisure Centres provide Squash Courts for those who enjoy the game without necessarily wanting to play competitively.
For the serious competitors there are many Squash Clubs throughout the UK where inter-club competitions are regular events. Visit the England Squash website for information on clubs and events.
To find a swimming club near you visit the British Swimming website.
Information on organised events and clubs in the UK
For competitive information visit the official website of The British Tenpin Bowling Association.
Tenpin Bowling venues are located across the country and are normally situated within an entertainment complex.
National Football League is an essential site for those interested in American Football. The site contains news, reviews and events diary.
For more information on clubs, playing and coaching in the UK visit the British American Football website.
For more information on American Football in British Universities and Colleges visit the British Universities and Colleges Sport website.
If your child is interested in Cheerleading then visit the British Cheerleading Association for further details.
To keep up to date with Major League Baseball in the USA visit the MLB website.
The Richmond Baseball & Softball Club near London has players from all around the world and plays in many domestic and foreign tournaments throughout the season. If you are interested in playing or watching baseball during your stay in the UK this may be a good place to start.
For more information on British baseball and softball visit the official website.
To find information on the National Leagues and Teams in English basketball visit the Basketball England website.
For information on the top teams in Britain visit the official website
The International Ice Hockey Federation, IHUK is the internationally recognised umbrella body in the United Kingdom. You can view the latest news and fixtures for both men and woman on their website.
The English Ice Hockey Association has administered ice hockey in England since 1983. In that time the number of teams has risen from 60 to over 250. Their web site provides information about the many clubs and fixtures.
The UK is well organised for providing sport for children of all ages, here you will find a selection of what we think will be of interest.
If your sport is not included please contact us and we will be pleased to help.
To find a club that provides facilities for children take a look at this website.
Football is played in most schools as well as in local playing fields for teams in Saturday and Sunday leagues. The sports pages of your local newspapers all feature the local boys (and girls) football leagues and results. New players are always welcome.
Schools Rugby is well organised and is played by most Independent Schools and Grammar Schools throughout the UK.
To locate skate parks and instructors near you visit Skates and Ladders.
To find a swimming club near you visit swimming.org. Each club listed has its own website and will provide facilities for teaching and coaching children.
Most Independent and some Grammar Schools have a thriving culture in Rowing and many participate in the many national schools regattas.
Rowing clubs on the River Thames also encourage children of all ages to participate. If you think you are a future 'Steve Redgrave' or you just want to enjoy being on the river you will be welcome. All clubs provide coaching.
The British Canoe Union's, youth pages on their website has information on the extensive youth training programme and events.