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Sport in Liverpool 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 of ability.

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 Centre [map], 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 UK.

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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