The Relocation Bureau

Sport

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

Athletics

Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
www.better.org.uk/venues/crystal-palace-national-sports-centre

Manchester Regional Arena
sportcity-manchester.com/venues/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
copperboxarena.org.uk/get-active/sports-arena

Derby Arena

Cricket

Lords
www.lords.org

The Oval
www.kiaoval.com

Equestrian

Birmingham NEC
www.thenec.co.uk

The All England Jumping Course
www.hickstead.co.uk

Arena UK
www.arenauk.com

Football/Soccer

Wembley Stadium
www.wembleystadium.com

Principality Stadium
www.principalitystadium.wales

Golf

Wentworth
www.wentworthclub.com

The Grove
www.thegrove.co.uk

Horse Racing

Cheltenham
cheltenham.thejockeyclub.co.uk

Ascot
www.ascot.co.uk

Aintree
aintree.thejockeyclub.co.uk

Sandown
sandown.thejockeyclub.co.uk

Motor Racing

Silverstone
www.silverstone.co.uk

Rowing

Henley Royal Regatta
www.hrr.co.uk

Rugby Union

Twickenham
www.englandrugby.com/twickenham

Principality Stadium
www.principalitystadium.wales

Tennis

Wimbledon
www.wimbledon.com

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.

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General Sporting Bodies

Olympic Games

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.
www.teamgb.com

Sport England

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.
www.sportengland.org

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.
www.uksport.gov.uk

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.
www.womenssportsfoundation.org

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.

Angling/Fishing

The Angling Trust if the representative body for game, Coarse and Sea Anglers in England.
www.anglingtrust.net

England Youth Fly Fishing Association Governing body of competitive junior fly-fishing in England.
/www.eyfa.co.uk

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.
www.bdaa.co.uk

Athletics

British Athletics Federation's website provides information on athletic clubs throughout the UK as well as a diary of athletic meetings throughout the year.
www.british-athletics.co.uk

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.
www.englandathletics.org

Badminton

The Badminton Association of England is the sport's governing body in England. Membership is available (and essential if you want to play competitively).
www.badmintonengland.co.uk

Boxing

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.
www.bbbofc.com

Climbing/Mountaineering

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.
www.thebmc.co.uk

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.
www.bmg.org.uk

Cricket

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the governing body for international Test Match and One Day International (ODI) cricket.
www.icc-cricket.com

English Cricket Board the governing body of cricket in England. This site has links to each of the 18 professional county cricket clubs.
www.ecb.co.uk

Cycling

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.
www.britishcycling.org.uk

Equestrian

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.
www.bef.co.uk

Football/Soccer

The Football Association is the governing body of football in England.
www.thefa.com

The Professional Footballer’s Association is the world’s longest established professional sportsmen’s union.
www.thepfa.com

Flying/Gliding

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.
www.aopa.co.uk

The British Gliding Association is the controlling organisation for Gliding in the UK.
www.gliding.co.uk

Golf

The Professional Golfers Association is the responsible authority for all golf in the UK and Europe.
www.pga.info

The official website of the PGA European Tour.
www.europeantour.com

English Golf Union was established in 1924 and is the governing body for male amateur golf in England.
www.englandgolf.org

The Ladies Golf Union based at St. Andrews is the governing body for ladies'golf in Great Britain and Ireland.
www.lgu.org

Horse Racing

The Jockey Club is the regulatory authority for horseracing.
www.thejockeyclub.co.uk

Ice Hockey

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.
www.icehockeyuk.co.uk

Judo

The British Judo Association (BJA) was established in 1948 as the representative national body.
www.britishjudo.org.uk

Martial Arts

British National Martial Arts and Boxing Association website also has links to the governing bodies of specific martial arts disciplines.
bmaba.com

Motor Racing

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.
www.fia.com

Orienteering

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.
www.britishorienteering.org.uk

Rowing

British Rowing is the governing body for the sport of rowing in Great Britain responsible for the organisation and development of rowing in England.
www.britishrowing.org

Rugby Football

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 Union

Rugby Football Union is the governing body of Rugby Football in England.
www.englandrugby.com

For information on Rugby Football Union for Women visit the England Rugby website.
/www.englandrugby.com/england/england-women

Rugby League

The RFL online portal covers all things Rugby League.
www.rugby-league.com

Sailing

The Royal Yachting Association is the UK's most comprehensive and authoritative website for those interested in sailing, cruising, racing, events and motor boating.
www.rya.org.uk

Shooting

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.
content.met.police.uk/Site/firearmslicensing

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.
www.bssc.org.uk

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.
www.nra.org.uk

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.
www.thebfta.net

Swimming

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.
www.swimming.org/asa

Table Tennis

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.
www.etta.co.uk

Tennis

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.
www.lta.org.uk

Triathlon

For information on Triathlon’s throughout the UK visit the British Triathlon website.
www.britishtriathlon.org

Outdoor Sports

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.

Aerial Sports

British Gliding Association
www.gliding.co.uk

British Association of Balloon Operators
www.babo.org.uk

Aerobility…the home of disabled flying
www.aerobility.com

Athletics

Athletic clubs in the UK
www.britishathletics.org.uk/grassroots/search

Cricket

Visit the Play Cricket website to find local clubs in your area.
www.play-cricket.com

Cycling

The British Cycling Federation gives information on cycling events and clubs
www.britishcycling.org.uk

Equestrian

British Equestrian Federation
www.bef.co.uk

Fishing/Angling

The Angling Trust
www.anglingtrust.net

Football/Soccer

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.
http://www.footballgroundguide.com/

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.

Golf

Visit the PGA Tour website for an up to date schedule of competitions
www.pgatour.com

Guides and directory for UK Golf Courses
www.golftoday.co.uk

Horse Racing

Calendar of events and results at Horse Race Courses in the UK
www.racing-index.com/race-course

Motor Sports

List of events, organisers and source of information for motor sports in the UK
www.msauk.org

Rugby Football

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
www.rugbyclubs.info

Shooting

Try these websites to find a club near you
britishshooting.org.uk/getting-involved/find-a-club
www.shootingclubdirectory.com

Skiing

Try this website to find a slopes and lessons near you
www.skiclub.co.uk/skiclub/infoandadvice/uksnowsports/ukslopesmap.aspx

Tennis

Tennis Clubs in the UK
www.lta.org.uk

Water Sports

Use the below websites to find facilities in your area for Canoeing, Rowing, Sailing, Yachting, Water Skiing and Wake Boarding
www.bcu.org.uk
www.britishrowing.org/go-rowing/find-a-rowing-club
www.rya.org.uk
www.bwsw.org.uk/clubs

Indoor Sports

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.

Badminton

www.badmintonengland.co.uk

Ice Skating

www.iceskating.org.uk
To find an ice rink near you visit the skating rinks website.
www.skating-rinks.co.uk

Judo

www.britishjudo.org.uk

Martial Arts

www.martialartsclubs.co.uk

Snooker/Billiards/Pool

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.
www.easb.co.uk
www.epa.org.uk

Squash

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.
www.englandsquashandracketball.com

Swimming

To find a swimming club near you visit the British Swimming website.
www.britishswimming.org

Table Tennis

Information on organised events and clubs in the UK
www.tabletennisengland.co.uk

Tenpin Bowling

For competitive information visit the official website of The British Tenpin Bowling Association.
www.btba.org.uk

Tenpin Bowling venues are located across the country and are normally situated within an entertainment complex.

American Sports

American Football

National Football League is an essential site for those interested in American Football. The site contains news, reviews and events diary.
www.nfl.com

For more information on clubs, playing and coaching in the UK visit the British American Football website.
www.britishamericanfootball.org

For more information on American Football in British Universities and Colleges visit the British Universities and Colleges Sport website.
www.bucs.org.uk

If your child is interested in Cheerleading then visit the British Cheerleading Association for further details.
www.cheerleading.org.uk

Baseball

To keep up to date with Major League Baseball in the USA visit the MLB website.
mlb.mlb.com

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.
richmondbaseball.co.uk

For more information on British baseball and softball visit the official website.
www.baseballsoftballuk.com

Basketball

To find information on the National Leagues and Teams in English basketball visit the Basketball England website.
www.basketballengland.co.uk

For information on the top teams in Britain visit the official website
bbl.org.uk

Ice Hockey

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.
www.icehockeyuk.co.uk

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.
eiha.co.uk

Childrens Sports

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.

Athletics

To find a club that provides facilities for children take a look at this website.
www.british-athletics.co.uk

Wall Climbing

We have listed some websites below for wall climbing in London and the South East of England. Wall climbing may also be available in Sports and Leisure Centres.
www.geckos.co.uk
theclimbinghangar.com

Football/Soccer

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.

Gymnastics

www.british-gymnastics.org

Horse Riding

www.bhs.org.uk

Cycling

www.britishcycling.org.uk

Rugby

Schools Rugby is well organised and is played by most Independent Schools and Grammar Schools throughout the UK.
www.schoolsrugby.co.uk

Skateboarding

To locate skate parks and instructors near you visit Skates and Ladders.
www.skatesandladders.com

Swimming

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.
www.swimming.org

Rowing

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.
www.britishrowing.org

Canoeing

The British Canoe Union's, youth pages on their website has information on the extensive youth training programme and events.
www.britishcanoeunion.org.uk