View of the game pitch, spectator seating and partial roof covering at Twickenham Stadium

Twickenham Stadium, the home of rugby in England

People in the UK love sport with a passion – which probably explains why so many sports were created in the UK, such as football, rugby, cricket and golf!

Whether you want to watch some of the best sport in the world, or get active yourself, the UK is the place to be.

Student sport

Schools, colleges and universities in the UK take sport seriously. As well as being healthy, sport can also lead to a fantastic career and can help you to develop confidence, team skills and perseverance.

At school, pupils under the age of 14 have sports lessons as part of the curriculum. Most schools also run optional after-school sports clubs for enthusiasts. For students over the age of 14, unless you have specifically chosen a sports course, this probably won’t be part of your curriculum, but you will still have plenty of opportunities to get active after classes.

Many colleges and universities run sports social clubs where you can try out activities such as mountain climbing, rowing, football, diving, tennis, cricket, dance, acrobatics, judo, yoga and much more. Many also have their own sports facilities, such as a gym, running track and football pitches.

You could even study a course like sport science or football management – find out more in our subject profile on Sport, fitness and exercise science.

Sport in the community

Outside your campus, many towns and cities have government-owned sports facilities, which are usually very good value for money. Private gyms and sports centres can be more expensive, but if you shop around you can find good deals.

If you are keen to make friends, you will find plenty of sports social clubs up and down the country, such as cycling clubs, running clubs or hiking groups. These are usually free to join. Have a look on notice boards in your local library, shop windows and in your local newspaper.

Adventure sports

Adventure-lovers will adore the UK. Bungee jumping, surfing, skydiving, horse riding, white-water rafting, abseiling, mountain climbing, diving, ice-skating, paragliding or even skiing… you will find lots of centres across the UK offering courses and sessions for all, from beginners to experts.

Spectator sports

Across the UK you will find world-class sporting events, such as Wimbledon for tennis, the Ryder Cup for golf and the Formula 1 British Grand Prix for motor racing. At weekends you can experience the thrill of the game by going to a football, cricket or rugby match – no matter where you are in the country, there will be something going on nearby.

Looking for ideas (or just curious about the biggest events for sports fans in the UK)? See what's on in our UK sporting calendar 2015 – our top tips for the best events to experience throughout the year!

Find out more

To find out more, go to the Visit Britain or Discover Northern Ireland websites, or join Love GREAT Britain on Facebook.