|| With two Premiership
football teams, an unbeatable reputation for boxing, the
famous Aintree racecourse and plenty of top notch golf
clubs, Liverpool has a lot to offer sporting types.
If you’re simply looking for a gentle swim or feel
good workout why not stop at one of the city’s 18
sports and leisure centres. Among the facilities, which
attract more than two million visitors a year, are 13
fitness suites with modern exercise equipment, nine swimming
pools, nine floodlit outdoor synthetic multi-sport pitches
and a riding centre for the disabled.
If it’s the kids who are interested in swimming
then Liverpool is a good place to learn, because the city
is home to the most successful Junior Swimming Development
Programme in the UK. The City of Liverpool Swimming
Club have been National Speedo League Champions eight out of the last 11 years, with classes from Tadpole
Galas to Masters Courses catering for all ages and levels
For all you budding gymnasts out there, Liverpool has
been at the forefront of recreational and competitive
gymnastics for over a decade. The city has produced many
regional, national and international champions, including
former world silver medallist and Commonwealth Games Champion Neil Thomas and 2002 Commonwealth Gold medallist Beth Tweddle. Gymnastics classes are held at many
sports centres around the city with the opportunity for
talented youngsters to progress to the Park Road Gymnastics
one of the best centres of excellence in the country.
If tennis is your game, then get along to the Wavertree
Tennis Centre, which boasts one of the largest and
longest established tennis development programmes in the
The city also has a fine tradition in track and field
sports, producing many outstanding athletes over the years,
including Olympians Curtis Robb, Steve Smith and Diane Allergreen.
Wavertree Athletics Centre is the home of the Liverpool
Harriers [map] and also provides the base for the city's Athletics Development
Scheme, which is committed to organising a range of activities
from cross-country to short distance running courses.
Liverpool always has, and continues to be a boxing city,
and has produced many national and international champions
such as John Conteh, Alan Rudkin and Paul
Hodkinson. The city council employs the UK's only
Boxing Development Officer, who has forged a number of
partnerships with local clubs, volunteers and, of course,
the ABA of England. These partnerships have enabled
a number of high profile tournaments to take place within
the city, including Olympic and European qualifiers.
Liverpool is also at the heart of the UK’s best
collection of golf courses,
making it a fabulous base for a golfing holiday because
no other city has so many British Open courses
nearby. Just eight miles north of the city centre is Royal
Birkdale, which regularly hosts the British Open,
most recently in 1998 when Mark O'Meara triumphed.
The Royal Liverpool has also been named as the
venue for the 2006 Open while Formby hosted
the Curtis Cup in June 2004.
If you prefer spectator sports then why not head to Aintree,
home of the historic Grand National, or to the
nearby Chester and Haydock Park racecourses,
where you can enjoy a leisurely day out and even maybe
win a few bob.
Football and rugby are also great sports to watch in Liverpool, with two
of the best football teams in the country, Everton and
Liverpool, and St Helen’s and nearby Wigan two of the best rugby league clubs ever.
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