British Sport in 2015

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UK Sporting Events

2015 promises to be a great year for sport here in the UK. We here at the Club have decided to put together a list of some of the biggest events to be held on our shores, so that you can plan your camping trips around events such as the Rugby World Cup and The Ashes.

Rugby

Rugby image 2015If you are a fan of Rugby then you will know that the most significant event in the sporting calendar is taking place across England and Wales in 2015, the Rugby World Cup. The World Cup takes place across 10 English cities (as well as Cardiff) between 18th September and the 31st October. Why not take the opportunity to follow the tournament, as there is ample time between matches to explore the country. Host cities include Exeter, Gloucester, Brighton, Milton Keynes, Leicester, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle, while games in London will take place at Wembley, the Olympic Stadium as well as Twickenham.

Football

Wembley-StadiumFootball continues to grow in England and London’s iconic Wembley Stadium plays host to the biggest competition in English football the FA Cup. The final, between Arsenal and Aston Villa, is on the 30th May 2015 and is set to bring the nation to a standstill and attract millions of viewers from around the globe.

Key venue: Wembley Stadium, London

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Opened in 2007, the new Wembley Stadium was built after the old stadium was demolished in 2003. It is the second largest stadium in Europe with a capacity of 90,000. The stadium’s main purpose is to host England international football matches, whilst in the past it has also hosted rugby matches and even music concerts. As well as hosting England international football matches, the stadium is also the venue for the FA Cup Final, FA Community Shield, League Cup Final and the Championship Play-Off Finals to name but a few.

Tours are available at Wembley Stadium with prices starting from £11. Under 5s go free and groups of 25+ people receive a 15% discount. To book your stadium tour visit www.wembleystadium.com/wembley-tours  

Cycling

National Cycling CentreAfter successes at the 2012 Olympics for team GB and the Tour de France 2014, cycling has become an increasingly popular sport with the public. Personalities like Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome have all helped raise the profile of the sport, encouraging people to take up more cycling.This year Lincolnshire has been chosen to host the 2015 British Cycling National Road Championships on the 25th to the 28th June. The event will be held in the Lincolnshire Wolds. The circuit will be based at Cadwell Park Motor Racing Circuit which is 6 miles south and 2.5 miles east of Lincoln.  Camping and cycling go hand in hand, so get out there and enjoy the great outdoors.

Key venue: National Cycling Centre, Manchester

Nearest Club Site: Crowden

Opened in 1994, the National Cycling Centre is one of the finest and busiest velodromes in the world. The centre has hosted events such as the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships, and been the site for many world records .For cycling enthusiasts, you can ride the track (bike and helmet are provided) and test your skills or you can simply take a tour of the centre. To find out more visit www.nationalcyclingcentre.com

Cricket

LordsCricket is another thriving sport in the country, with both England Men and Women’s Cricket teams enjoying success.  The England cricket Team are getting set to regain the Ashes after a 5-0 defeat to Australia in 2014. Cardiff SWALEC Stadium will host the opening Ashes test. The opening game of the five-match Test series begins on 8 July, with the second Test at Lord's from 16 July. The Kia Oval plays host to the finale from 2nd August. Why not pitch up your tent and follow the Ashes series for what promises to be a great summer for cricket in England

Key venue: Lord’s Cricket Ground, London

Nearest Club Site: Walton on Thames

Lord’s, also known as the ‘The Home of Cricket’, is the home of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). It has played host to many memorable matches and was the venue for the 1999 World Cup Final contested between Australia and Pakistan. The ground also provided the backdrop for Archery at the 2012 Olympics. Opened in 1953 by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) Museum is one of the oldest sporting museums in the world. For further information about the ground and tours of the museum visit - www.lords.org

Motor Racing

SilverstoneThe 2015 British Grand Prix will be take place on Sunday 6th July. Home driver Jenson Button will be looking for a podium finish at Silverstone, en route to challenging our own reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton.

Key venue: Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire

Nearest Club Site: Gulliver’s Milton Keynes

Silverstone first hosted the British Grand Prix back in 1948. This historic track, which features 18 turns, was built on a Royal Air Force bomber station used in World War II. For the avid motor racing fan, you can book driving experiences and track days on the circuit. To discover more visit the Silverstone website at www.silverstone.co.uk  

Golf

GleneaglesThe UK has some stunning landscape to offer, along with some of the world’s most picturesque and challenging golf courses. The world’s best players are often over here for The Open and other key tournaments in the golfing calendar.  The Open Championship returns to St Andrews "The Home of Golf" in July 2015 which will be the 144th Open Championship. Once again the world's greatest golfers will gather to do battle for the famous Claret Jug over the Old Course where Tiger Woods was victorious in both 2000 and 2005. Louis Oosthuizen was the most recent winner at the "Home of Golf" in 2010 where he claimed a seven shot win over Lee Westwood in second place.

Key venue: St Andrews, Scotland

Nearest Club Site: Scone

The luxurious Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire is set in an idyllic location, perfect for the remote getaway. As well as its 5-star accommodation, it is famous for its world class golf courses and will host the 40th Ryder Cup which starts on 23rd September 2014. Team Europe will be looking to make it three wins on the trot in Auchterarder, whilst the Americans will be looking to avenge defeat from two years ago in Illinois. Whilst the match day ballot has now closed, practice day tickets are still available. For further information visit www.standrews2015open.com

Snooker

CruciablePlayed in slightly different surroundings to other sports, Snooker remains a sport watched by many live and on the television. The likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Selby, Ding Junhui and Jimmy White who is on course to reach the championship since he was last in the tournament in 2006. The world Championship is held in Sheffield from 18th April - 4th May 2015

Key venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Nearest Club Site: Hayfield

The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield is often referred to as the home of snooker, primarily because it has hosted the Snooker World Championships since 1977. With a theatre capacity of 980, the spectator is never too far away from the action. Tickets are now on sale for the World Championships. For tickets for the event and other events at the Crucible Theatre visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk  

Horse Racing

The UK is home to some fantastic racecourses, none more so than Aintree in Liverpool, which will once again provide the backdrop for the 2014 Grand National. Ascot, Cheltenham and Kempton are other popular racecourses which host races throughout the year, in particular Cheltenham, which hosts the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Key venue: Aintree, Liverpool

Nearest Club Site: Delamere Forest

The Grand National Steeplechase, which was first run in 1839, is a race watched by millions across the world. The course is over four miles long and contains 30 fences, offering the richest prize fund in Europe, with the winner picking up a cheque just shy of £1m in 2013. You can buy tickets for the Grand National and other races direct from the Aintree website – www.aintree.co.uk  

Tennis

Wimbledon-aerial-shot-AELTCTennis is another thriving sport in the UK after the recent success of Andy Murray at the 2012 Olympics, US Open and Wimbledon in 2013. As well as Wimbledon, Queen’s Club in London provides players with a warm up to the main event, whilst the ATP World Tour Finals have been held at the O2 Arena in London since 2009.

Key venue: All England Club, Wimbledon

Nearest Club Site: Walton on Thames

The All England Club will once again take centre stage for The Wimbledon Championships, the oldest tennis tournament in the world. Andy Murray will be looking to grab the title from 2014's winner Novak Djokovic for his 3rd major after winning the US Open and Wimbledon in 2013.

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum tour prices for the All England Club start at £12 for adults and £7 for children. Tickets for the Championships in 2014 will be processed by application form and ballot as normal. The closing date for applications was 31st December 2013. For further information about Museum visits/tours and tickets to The Championships, visit www.wimbledon.com  

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Participation Sports

Participation sports are a growing trend in the UK. Nearly every major city in the country hosts a marathon, whilst towns and villages are holding smaller runs to help keep people active. There is also the rise in popularity of adventure sports and assault course based events. Events like The Wolf Run, Tough Mudder and Iron Man are all events testing your endurance and stamina.