The Best Ways To Enjoy A Summer Of Sport

First published: 11-06-2015

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Summer is finally on its way and with it comes a series of great sporting events. From the England vs New Zealand ODI Series in cricket to the FIFA Women's World Cup, there's an awful lot going on this summer that you can enjoy.

If you're a big sports fan, or you just want to show off a bit of patriotic spirit, there are lots of ways to make the most of the next few months. Whether you're getting involved yourself or cheering on your team, you can enjoy the summer of sport to your heart's content.

Kick-off

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If there's a big competition you've been looking forward to, you can get the party started by having some friends over and seeing in the first match in style.

Wimbledon begins on June 29th and if you're particularly excited for that, why not get together with some friends and maybe deck out the living room in the trademark purple and green. Don't forget the Pimm's!

If the Barclays Premier League is more your cup of tea, the 2015/2016 season kicks off on August 8th. For a fun way to see in the new season, you could challenge your friends to a quiz to see how much of a die-hard fan they really are!

If you want to make the most of the nice weather too, get the BBQ lit and enjoy some great food while getting in the sporting mood. If you fancy going the extra mile, you can try to serve up some food from the different countries represented - some French grub will go down a treat for the start of the Tour de France on July 4th!

What are the odds?

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The matches will always seem more important when something is at stake - be it pride or a bet you've placed! Now, while we're not encouraging you to fritter all your money at the bookies', you could make a few predictions with friends to heighten the excitement.

Agree on a prize for the winner to really sweeten the deal. This could be anything from being treated to dinner by the rest, to something as small as being allowed to pick where you go on your next night out.

This will work especially well for something like the Women's World Cup - once we've made it through the group stages, pick one team each from the remaining 16 and see whose team gets the furthest.

Alternatively, choose a particular player in Wimbledon whose progress you can follow. To make things fair, try picking names out of a hat - you don't want arguments over who gets Djokovic or Murray!

Whether you're playing for money or not, it's sure to get you even more passionate if you've got an allegiance with a particular team!

Local events

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Getting tickets for the big sporting events can be a nightmare - camping outside Wimbledon all night to queue for tickets isn't much fun in the rain! So, if the summer festivities are really inspiring you, check out what events are going on in your local area.

There may be a local tennis, cricket or rugby club that plays every so often and chances are they would appreciate any extra encouragement! Find out what is available near you, so even if you don't want to take part, you can lend your support to your local team.

Give it a go

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Of course, if you've been particularly inspired by your sporting heroes, you can always get out there and take up a new sport or activity. Summer is a great time to start, since the weather is nice enough to get you settled into a routine - much harder in the peak of winter!

Whether it's badminton, yoga, spinning or weightlifting, there is sure to be a new sport or type of exercise that you'll love. Different sports will target different parts of the body, so if you've got a specific fitness goal in mind, there is something for you.

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A sports watch will really help you get to grips with your new keep-fit regime and you don't even need to spend a lot. This Suunto watch has a Chronograph function, so you can keep track of your times, while it also has a heart rate and calorie monitor, yet it sits comfortably at the lower end of the price spectrum.

This is a great starting point if you want to see your times get better and better but you're not too fussed about knowing anything more complex.

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Other watches come with all the bells and whistles you could possibly need, with this Polar watch being a great example. It connects up to your phone via Bluetooth, which allows you to monitor your progress whether you're training intensively or embarking on a walk in the park.

This allows you to create a training plan, so if you want to cycle to Sir Bradley Wiggins' standards, you can set specific targets before you head off on your bike. It will also help you with your recovery regime, keeping you in top condition while training.

A bit of adventure

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Now, trying all these sports is all well and good, but if it's the British Grand Prix (July 3rd-5th) that's taken your fancy, you might struggle a bit. However, for the sports that aren't possible on your everyday pitch, there is still a chance to have a go.

Rally driving experiences are available all around the country, so if you're a fan of motorsport - or you know someone who is - this could be the perfect day trip to commemorate the coming months.

Alternatively, if you've really enjoyed the horse racing at Ascot (June 16th-20th), you might enjoy a day at a local stables. Most horse riding companies offer experiences for people who have never tried it before to learn the basics, so there are still lots of opportunities to try it out.

This summer is shaping up to be pretty exciting when it comes to sport, with there being so many ways to get involved and offer your support. From shouting encouragement from the stands (or just at the TV screen!) to trying them out yourself, you can make the most of the excitement and the nice weather!

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