5 Up & Coming Sports You Need To Get Into
As it does every time, the Olympics bites us with the sporting bug. Inspired by Rugby Sevens becoming an Olympic sport this year, we want to inspire you to try some lesser known sports. Practicing sport has the advantages of improving health and building confidence. Moreover, trying new ones can also increase your ability to focus and to be more adaptable at work. Below are 5 ideas of sport that have the popularity and resources to train in clubs across the United Kingdom.
Brief intro: Often linked closely to Rugby Union, you are able to get into Sevens by going through the traditional 15-a-side route. Approaching these teams will give you specific information on Sevens.
Sevens is a 7-a-side team playing Rugby Union for 14 minutes, in 2, 7 minute halves. It is played on the same size pitch as Union, therefore the game is a lot faster and focuses more on athleticism.
Gender: There are plenty of men’s only and women’s only teams.
Brief intro: “Although there are only 11 players from each side on the field at any one time, an American football squad is made up of 45 players, ranging in size, speed and their roles within the team.” BBC Sport
Game Time: 60mins of play (often lasts a lot longer). The nature of the sport requires players to perform in 100% bursts rather than continually play like Rugby.
Gender: The majority of established clubs are for men, with youth and women playing Flag (non-contact) American Football. However, female clubs are on the rise, enabling women to play full contact in either 5-a-side or a full squad. In the meantime, if there isn’t a club near you, you are more than welcome to play with the men’s team, as the sport is mixed.
Using the British American Football Association’s website, you can find the nearest men’s, women’s, mixed and flag (non-contact) club to you.
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Brief intro: Wheelchair Basketball is played by 2 teams of 5, each having a squad of up to 12 players. They have 24 seconds from taking possession of the ball to attempting a shot.
Game Time: The game is made up of 4 quarters, lasting 10 minutes each.
Gender: The national league of wheelchair basketball is a mixed gender sport, as well as mixed ability. So whether you are a wheelchair user or not, you can enjoy the game.
“Wheelchair basketball is one of the few Paralympic sports where able bodied players are allowed to compete up to Paralympic level”. Wheel Power
To get involved, find a club close to you.
For all other levels of abilities and sports, you can find your local clubs here.
Brief intro: “Roller derby is a full-contact sport played on quad roller skates, by players skating around an elliptical track. The game consists of a series of two-minute countdown jams.” UKRDA
Game Time: 60mins played in 2 halves.
Gender: For the moment, Roller Derby is a female only sport and has been growing in popularity in the UK since 2006.
Join these tough ladies at your closest club!
Brief intro: Similarly to golf, the aim of Disc Golf is to throw a Frisbee into the basket with the least amount of strokes.
Game Time: It can vary vastly. However, the average length can be around an hour long.
Gender: Much like American Football, Women’s only teams are growing in popularity and the Professional Disc Golf Association created this webpage to encourage and inform women. http://www.pdga.com/women.
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