Our Sporting Life
Grassroots and amateur sports magazine
Proud Sponsors of the Saddleworth 3Ds U9 Whites
We’re over the moon to sponsor the kit for an under 9s football team this season. The Saddleworth 3Ds U9s Whites are playing their football in the East Manchester Junior Football League!
Good luck, 3Ds!
Work from home has been an immense change since Covid enabling flexibility and much more convenience than a daily commute. But many remote workers note it means they move less. So how can you stay active while working from home? Here are some tips.
Here’s a handy little hiking time calculator based on Naismith’s rule! How accurate is it? Well, as ever, these things depend on your own fitness and so forth. But I’ve always found Naismith’s rule to be a handy benchmark to aim for in terms of time for any given route.
Traditionalists may not like it! But personally, I don’t like to risk being stuck on a hill or mountain with a dead phone or head torch battery. So I like to carry a portable charging device (or 2, or 3) with me. Here are the best portable charging banks for hiking that I’ve used. (And I’ve used a lot, by the way).
If you hike mountains for the solitude, then the Snowdon summit’s well talked about queues might be a reason to skip Wales’ highest mountain in favour of an alternative. So here are 6 really great alternatives to Snowdon within North Wales.
Knowing what to buy for the hiker in your life who seems to have everything already is no mean feat. But we’ve got you covered with 21 hiking gift ideas in 4 budget ranges – under £10, under £20, under £50 and big budget indulgence!
While the eyes of the world may very well be on both Europe and South America next summer for their continental showdowns – namely UEFA Euro 2024 and the Copa America – Africa has a tournament of its own. And you won’t have to wait until summer to experience it.
Coaching kids is both rewarding and challenging. We all know, as coaches, that the result is by far NOT the most important thing. But here’s the case for a development first, results later approach
Our Writers and Editors
It’s really important to us that our content is created by people who know and love their topics. So we source contributions from external experts as well as having our own in house writers who cover their own areas of expertise. If ever we’re offering up health or fitness advice, we want to know it’s coming from someone qualified to give it. So we work with doctors and personal trainers as well. Some of our writers and listed below.
Hiker & football coach
Stacey is a keen hiker and mountain ridge walker. She’s also a grassroots football coach for an U8s team.
Tennis player & coach
Christopher is an enthusiastic tennis player and qualified coach. He’s been playing since the age of 6 and now shares his love of the sport with other aspiring players.
Dr Andres Maldonado
Andres Maldonado is a a doctor currently located in Venezuela and working at the country’s International Unit of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. He writes for us on anything health related.
Melanie Gilder is a qualified personal trainer and dance teacher who specialises in female fitness. She works with clients to achieve improved fitness as well as weight loss. She writes for us on fitness tips and advice
Hiking. From gentle flat trails to mountain ridges, getting out on foot can be the most relaxing or the most exhilarating way to experience the scenery around you. We love a good hike. And in our hiking blog, we share trails, reviews, hints and tips on all things hiking.
Our Statistics and Research
The momentum behind women’s football is phenomenal. But how many women play football? How many played as children? And what are the audience sizes like? We take a look in our 2023 round up of women’s and girl’s football statistics.
There are specific rules, set out by the Football Association, that must be followed when playing football at under 10s level. “Mini Soccer” is played by all children up to the age of 10. All you need to know about the sport for children at this age is set out below – from how many players on a team to the size of the pitch, goals and even the size of the ball that is used.
Football at under 9s in England follows the laws of Mini Soccer. These laws entail the maximum playing time for children, how many players can play in a match and even the size of the ball that should be used. If you want to get your child involved in Football and they are in this age group, here is all you need to know.
Under 8s football adheres to the FA laws of “Mini Soccer,” which determine the age of players, time limits on games and other things too. Got a child going into under 8s football or considering it? Here’s everything you need to know about football at this level in England.
Under 7s football follows the laws of “Mini Soccer,” which determine the age of players, time limits on games and other things too. Find out everything you need to know about getting started with U7s football in England.
American Football is one of the most popular sports in the United States, but exactly how popular is it over the pond in the UK?
Karate is a Japanese martial art which is popular in many countries around the world. It is a popular martial art in the UK too
Although many people may not think skateboarding is a sport, it was actually approved to be a sport in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This
Squash is a fast-paced racquet sport where players compete against each other by hitting the ball against the wall to rebound towards their opponent. These
Commonly, badminton is played in singles or doubles while players hit the shuttlecock over the net. It’s played in the Summer Olympics and needs a
Gymnastics is popular around the world. People perform the sport in many countries and events, such as the Olympic Games. But how popular is gymnastics
Skiing is an exhilarating sport where people can travel at fast speeds down icy slopes. While the UK may not be well known for Skiing,
Swimming is one of the most popular methods to stay active in the UK, with large numbers of the population engaging in the sport. This
Walking is an activity that everyone can get involved with. It allows you to explore the great outdoors, maintain your health and take in the
Mixed martial arts has become much more popular in recent years, with the likes of the UFC gaining traction and notorious fighters such as Conor
Tennis is a very popular sport in the UK, with exciting fast paced action throughout. These tennis statistics explore exactly how popular it is as
Golf is popular around the world for many different reasons. It allows friends and family to get together to play a relaxing sport, allows colleagues
Rugby is one of the UKs favourite sports, evolving from football in the 19th century, Rugby still remains a popular sport in the country, with
Basketball is typically associated with America as they seem to play it more professionally than over here in the UK. However, this doesn’t mean that
Darts is one of the most popular sports in the UK and is widely played both at home and often in pubs across the country.