The word Sport refers to all forms of competitive physical activity which provide entertainment to participants and spectators. As every country of the world has different cultural and traditional values, just like that all countries have different sports talent and taste. The United Kingdom is a well known and developed country on the planet. Here in this post, I will tell you about the top 10 most popular sports in UK.
Most Popular Sports in UK
Football is the most Popular Sport in the UK. This game follows the traditional league system and it consists of more than hundred teams. However, the well-known premier league consists of most elite 20 teams which are chosen from all over the UK. Most famous teams of the premier league are the Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Football in the UK is backed by a governing body which is known as the Football Association. In fact, The Football Association is one of the oldest governing bodies to promote football all over the world. Ironically, FA Cup and the Capital One Cup are the two of the most famous football championships in the UK. 92 professional football clubs participate in 4 main divisions in each of these tournaments each year.
Anyone who has a very little knowledge of sports knows that the Cricket is the national game of the UK. Cricket actually first rooted in the UK, and now it has spread to hundreds of countries all over the world. During the 18th Century when cricket starts very rapid growth and became very popular in all world, researchers and players met at Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) which was located on Lord’s Cricket ground to finalize the legal cricket rules. There are more than 20 cricket clubs are in the UK and there are also thousands of cricket teams in the country. The first class country championship of UK is the oldest cricket championship in the world and each year many teams play in this first class championship.
Rugby is also one of the most popular sports in the UK. In the earlier time the rugby used to be played only by the elite class people but now its popularity has increased and it is played by many people in the UK. This game is now played all around the country. Same like football, rugby is also promoted by the Government of UK. It is run by the Rugby Football League, commonly known as RFL. Yorkshire, North West England and Cumbria are some of the places where Rugby is very popular and major games are held in these regions.
If we consider the racket games then badminton is ranked as the most popular racket game in the UK history. Badminton has been considered as a long heritage in the UK. The Badminton Association of England was established in the year 1893. This Badminton Association grew gradually and now it is known as Badminton England. It is the governing body of Badminton in all over U.K and it also has an international presence. Badminton England is also the founding member of the International Badminton Federation. This federation is responsible for providing support to 41 countries of England in league structure and club structure.
Tennis is also a popular sport in U.K. The most popular Tennis tournament, originated in the U.K is known as Wimbledon. The first tennis club in U.K. was a small club in the south of London around 1877. In the first ever tennis tournament, the prize amount for the winners was about $40,000 in US dollars (around 26,150 Pounds). In fact, Wimbledon is now one of the four grand slams which consist of the Australian Open tennis tournament, the US Open tennis tournament, the French Open tennis tournament and Wimbledon tennis tournament. Tennis in U.K. not only attracts sports lovers and sports critics from all around the world but it also attracts thousands of tourists every year. While tennis is an individual sport, the Lawn Tennis is considered the 2nd most popular racket game in the U.K.
Many of the young people in the UK are very fond of and passionate about swimming. Provided that, they learn and use many swimming tricks and if you or on the visit of U.K. you will definitely see swimmer jumping (Acrobat) in swimming pools. British Swimming is a member of the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association. This association is responsible for elite performance, and therefore, for doping control (test) and for international relationships. This association arranges different international swimming competition in Great Britain every year. According to a sports journal, Swimming received the third highest UK Sports investment of any Olympic or Paralympic sport.
England is the country which has the most number of athletes than any other country. The large squad of U.K. athletes, which includes the world and Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington and world champion Keri-Anne Payne. A few years ago U.K Sport support services, decided to give athletes the edge and more support in London.
The Amateur Rowing Association (ARA) of U.K. is the governing body in England for the sport of rowing inside the country. This Rowing Association is also responsible for the development and organization of international rowing teams representing Great Britain.
Welsh Amateur Rowing Association (WARA) and the Scottish Rowing (SARA) oversee governance in their respective countries. Hence, they organize their own teams for the Home International Regatta and input to the GB team organization. Four famous Rowing Clubs of U.K. are Thames Rowing Club, Kingston Rowing Club, Bedford Rowing Club and London Rowing Club.
Ice Hockey UK
IHUK or the Ice Hockey UK is the national governing body of the sport of ice hockey in the UK. The Ice Hockey UK is affiliated to the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). IHUK is also the internationally recognized umbrella body in the United Kingdom. IHUK was actually created to replace the British Ice Hockey Association. Except for management and arrangement of different tournaments, this association is also responsible for the good order of the sport in the UK. The well-known Ice Hockey team is the Great Britain Men’s National Ice Hockey Team which is also commonly known as Team GB.
The Netball Superleague is the elite netball competition in UK. Scotland and Wales. The netball Superleague was established in 1999. Netball Superleague tournaments are regularly shown on sports broadcaster Sky Sports, due to a major television deal signed in 2006. Naming rights to the Netball Superleague competition were secured by Fiat Automobiles. The netball Superleague includes players from England, Wales, Fiji, Scotland and New Zealand.
So this was the list of top 10 most popular sports in UK. Feel free to share your opinion in the comments down below and tell us what sport do you like?