Sport in East London
|| Whether the term ‘sport’
conjures blissful images of standing around with a beer
in your hand or sweating profusely as you put your body
through its paces, east London has something to fulfil
The area has two football team, which have helped to establish football is the premier
sport in east London. Leyton Orient FC play in
Coca-Cola League Two, whilst West Ham United are
currently top flight team, keeping many armchair fans
busy on match days.
For those who can only enjoy the sport when they have
the ball between their legs, there are grass and astro
turf pitches at Mile End Stadium [map],
Poplar and the John Orwell Sports Centre [map] , where local teams play the national game.
East London is also home to two rugby clubs both of whom play at the Holland Road ground [map]. East London RFC fields three teams,
a first team, a second team and East London Phantoms,
a squad consisting of local workers who love the game.
All the teams are always on the look out for players
to come and train with them on a Tuesday and Thursday.
The other team are the Kings Cross Steelers the world's first rugby club to offer gay and bisexual
men the chance to play competitive rugby. The club has
not just gained recognition for its unique qualities
but also for their prowess on the pitch as well.
For those who like to adventure away from solid ground,
east London has a number of water-based activities you
can try. At the Royal Victoria Dock Watersports Centre
[map] (RVDWC) you can participate in sailing, kayaking, traditional rowing and much more. And as the RVDWC
is a recognised Royal Yachting Association (RYA)
teaching establishment and British Canoe Union (BCU) approved centre, even if you’re knowledge
of on the water activities is little or non existent you
can still have fun!
Just five minutes from Mile End tube station is one of
the top climbing facilities in the country. Mile End
Climbing Wall [map] is much more than the name suggests with approximately
16,000 sq. ft of wall space housed in an old pipe engineering
works. For novices and seasoned professionals alike this
centre has something for everyone.
If four-legged pursuits are your sporting preference
then east London has two venues for you to frequent. Walthamstow Stadium [map] is where you can
watch some of the finest greyhound
racing at a local venue. If getting involved is
more to your liking then head for the Docklands
Equestrian Centre [map]. This busy centre offers
basic riding instruction on ponies and horses in the
heart of the Docklands area.
Swimming, badminton, netball and
other indoor pursuits can be done at one of the many leisure
centres across the east region including St George’s
Pool [map], York Hall [map] , and Tiller Leisure
Centre [map] in Docklands.