As we continue on our journey through UK Life & Culture we land on one of IMG Connects favorite topics of all – Sport!
Britain most definitely is a sporting nation and with events running throughout the whole year there are so many amazing events for IMGs to enjoy once living in the UK – no matter where you live.
So what are our 6 must-see British Sporting events? Let’s find out…..
The British invented many of the sports we find popular in the world today including football, rugby, cricket, golf, badminton, field hockey, tennis, table tennis, snooker, curling and darts to name just a few!
Football - English & Scottish Premier Leagues
When: August to May
Where: Throughout the UK
Like the rest of the world, football is huge in the UK and with more big teams than ever challenging for the championship, it is a hugely exciting time to watch British football. Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham represent the biggest clubs in England but with Leicester City winning the title in 2016 anything is possible!
The Scots are no less passionate about their brand of the game and this year sees the big two of the biggest clubs in Britain, Rangers and Celtic, go head to head for the Scottish title once more.
Did you know? The 2018/19 English Premiership season broke records. Both Liverpool and Manchester City were outstanding with City pipping Liverpool to the title on the final day of the season. In the end, Liverpool broke the record for highest points scored for a runner-up.
Cricket & ICC Cricket World Cup
When: Throughout the summer and World Cup from May to July
Where: Throughout the UK
The quintessentially English sport of Cricket has captivated the world and is hugely popular in nations such as India, Pakistan, Australia and Sri Lanka to name a few.
Whether its 20/20, one day tests or a full test match there are so many great Cricket matches to attend in the UK, each a great day out with friends or family.
2019 is a special year for cricket in the UK, as it welcomes the 12th Edition of the Cricket World Cup. It will be hosted by England and Wales from May to July - two and a half months of amazing one day internationals.
Whilst many teams are in contention, many see England, India and Pakistan as the three favorites to win the World Cup.
Did you know? It is thought that cricket may have its origins with shepherds in England who devised the game as a way of passing the time while guarding their sheep.
Tennis & Wimbledon
Wimbledon is famous the world over for its grass Grand Slam event held in South West London. Producing some of the best tennis matches and rivalries across generations, from McEnroe v Carter, Steffi Graff v Monica Sales or Nadal v Federer, Wimbledon has produced some truly magical moments in Tennis history.
Some of the world’s biggest celebrities go to Wimbledon every year and it is very hard to get tickets for centre court! That being said, watching with the crowds in Wimbledon on Murray Mound is quite a buzz.
Did you know? Serena Williams and Roger Feder are comfortably the most successful tennis players that the sport has seen.
This year, Williams is vying for her 8th Wimbledon title whilst Federer is going for his 9th!
Snooker & World Snooker Championship
When: April to May
Where: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
The World Snooker Championship is the leading snooker tournament in terms of prestige and prize money. Ever since 1977 it has been played at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, a beautiful part of the UK.
This is a huge event for any snooker fan and is always a tense yet enjoyable two weeks of snooker - one which we would most definitely recommend to any IMGs coming to the UK!
Did you know? The first World Snooker Championship was held in 1927 and won by Joe Davis who won every single championship following, until he retired 15 years later!
That kind of domination does not exist today but keep an eye on Zhou Xingtong, a rising star and the ‘Roger Federer’ of snooker.
Athletics and London Marathon
Whether running or spectating, this is an amazing event to attend if you’re in London this summer.
Starting in Blackheath and finishing in The Mall alongside the beautiful St James’ Park, the course spans 42 kilometres and takes you through many amazing parts of London. Expect the race to pass many of London’s most famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London, whilst encircling the River Thames throughout.
Whilst raising huge amounts of money for charity every year it also offers a fun day out for the family, even if you’re not running. IMG Connect are big London Marathon fans and slowly plucking up the courage to run one year (watch this space!).
Did you know? Every year more than 40,000 people run the 26-mile marathon course and in 2018 a record breaking £63.7 million was raised for charity, breaking global fundraising records for a single event!
Six Nations Rugby
Where: The six nations championship is an annual Rugby Union tournament played between the national teams of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy.
When; between February & March
An amazing, full blooded and passionate sport – rugby is a sight to behold when watched live with giants running around the pitch hitting each other at full pelt! Perhaps not a game to play for the faint hearted, but a great one to watch.
With all fans mixed together and with a very warm and welcoming atmosphere amongst fans, this is a lovely day out for family and kids.
Did you know? The average weight of a six nations England player is 105kg! Or just under 16 stone if you’re using the imperial system like a true Brit.
So, there we have it, just a small selection of the diverse sports that make up our British sporting cultural landscape.
P.S. any hockey or golf fans, sorry I missed you guys out!
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