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A game played between two teams of eleven players in protective kit. The safe and inclusive, non-contact version between teams of five players is called ‘Flag Football’.
The ancient art of archery is an individual or team sport traditionally played by shooting arrows at a point-based target. There are almost 150 archery governing bodies across the world, the largest of which are in Europe and Asia.
Athletics is a collection of sporting events that involve competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking. The most common type of athletics competition is track and field, but also includes road running and cross country events.
A racquet sport played by hitting a shuttlecock across a net, either in a ‘singles’ match between two players, or as a ‘doubles’ match between two pairs. The game has become very popular in Asia and is often dominated by Chinese athletes.
A precision ball sport similar to bowls or curling; Boccia was designed for players with cerebral palsy but also welcomes any athletes with severe disabilities which affect their motor skills. There are around 350 ranked players around the world.
A bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a circular cricket field outlined by a boundary rope. At the centre of this is a rectangular 22-yard-long pitch with a wicket – a set of three wooden stumps – at each end.
Dance comes in many different styles and formats and can be enjoyed as a sport, physical activity or performing art.
A team game. Players must dodge or catch balls thrown by the opposition whilst attempting to strike their opponents in the same way. The game has rapidly grown in popularity over the last decade, particularly amongst schools.
The national sport is an invasion game, traditionally played between two teams of eleven players, but can also be played in other formats such as 5v5, 7v7 and 9v9. The game was born in England but has since become the most played sport in the world.
A club and ball sport in which players use clubs of varying sizes and strengths to hit a ball into a series of holes on a course in as few shots as possible. A traditional golf course is played out over 18 holes, either as individuals or in a team.
A team sport in which two sets of eleven players attempt to score by hitting a round plastic ball with a stick into their opponent’s goal. The sport is occasionally known as field hockey to differentiate it from the North American favourite ice hockey.
An Olympic combat sport which originates from Japan and is now practiced in over 200 hundred countries throughout the world. Competitors use their whole body to both attack and defend with each combatant aiming to throw or takedown their opponent.
Multi-Skill festivals are a fantastic way of supporting the development of fundamental movement skills and introducing young people to their first taste of competition.
A water-based sport in which individuals or crews race to reach the finish line first; one of the oldest sports, dating its origins back to Ancient Egypt, rowing is now popular worldwide and is one of the cornerstones of the Summer Olympic Games.
There are multiple water-based sports, including both individual and team-based games. Some of the most popular, outside of swimming, include water polo, synchronized swimming, diving, and different forms of water aerobics or other exercise.
A bat and ball sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth across a table using a small bat; games take place on a hard table divided by a net. The sport is extremely popular in Asia, with China often dominant in competitions.
A hugely popular racket sport that can be played both individually or between two teams of two players on different surfaces; each player or team uses a tennis racket to strike a felt covered rubber ball over a net and into their opponent’s court.
A multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three unique disciplines which, traditionally, consists of swimming, cycling and running elements. The disciplines must be done consecutively in sequence and without intervals.
Played between two teams on a pitch split into three sections. The aim of the game is to throw the frisbee to a teammate in the end section you’re attacking. It is a non-contact sport and you can throw the frisbee in any direction.
A team sport featuring two teams of six players. Each team aims to score points by striking a ball over the net and grounding it on their opponent's side of the court. A common variation of the game, Beach Volleyball, also features at the Olympics.