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!

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Sports

The UK’s Top 5 Sports

In the UK, we love sport. From spectating, to watching and even heading on social media to chat about it with others, we’re sports mad. But what are our favourites? Let’s take a look with our rundown of the UK’s top 5 sports in 2024.

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Statistics and Research

Golf Statistics: How Popular Is Golf In The UK In 2024?

How popular is golf in the UK in 2024? To find out, we polled 2,000 adults in the UK about their sporting preferences. We’ve crunched the numbers and here’s everything you need to know about how many people are playing and who are the most likely to engage in golf.

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Active Family Adventures

The Best Hiking Baby and Toddler Carriers

I really miss my youngest being small enough to pop in the “bag” as I called it (or my toddler carrier), sling on my back and take him out for a walk. I just gave my hiking carrier away and he’s officially too big for any of the carriers now. But here are some of the ones I tried and my take on the best.

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Sports

The Beginners Guide to Odds in Sports Betting

If you’ve ever considered a cheeky bet on the football (or any other sport) as a beginner, the first thing you’ll probably notice is the odds. If you’re not familiar with odds, then those random fractions and all that jargon might be a little bit confusing. So here’s our plain English guide.

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Hiking Blog

14 Fascinating Facts About Ben Nevis

I’ve been up Ben Nevis twice and, despite there being as much footfall on that mountain path as a busy motorway services, both have been enjoyable hikes in their own way. Interested in Ben Nevis yourself? Here are a few fascinating facts about Britain’s highest mountain.

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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.

Stacey MacNaught

Stacey MacNaught

Hiker & football coach

Stacey is a keen hiker and mountain ridge walker. She’s also a grassroots football coach for an U8s team.

Christopher Czermak

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

Dr Andres Maldonado

Doctor

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

personal trainer

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

Our Footballing Life

Football. From 6 year olds running around on a Sunday morning to the mighty England women’s team selling out stadiums, football has a special place in our hearts. Here’s where we share articles, features and news on football.

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Our Hiking Life

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.

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Research

Our Statistics and Research

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Golf Statistics: How Popular Is Golf In The UK In 2024?

How popular is golf in the UK in 2024? To find out, we polled 2,000 adults in the UK about their sporting preferences. We’ve crunched the numbers and here’s everything you need to know about how many people are playing and who are the most likely to engage in golf.

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Women’s and Girl’s Football Statistics UK

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 2024 round up of women’s and girl’s football statistics.

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21 Mind Blowing Stats and Facts About the Six Nations Rugby

It’s upon us again – the Six Nations Championship is one of the highlights of the rugby union calendar. England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and Italy will battle it out in 2024. And to get set for the competition, here are 21 mind blowing statistics and facts about the 6 Nations.

Everything You Need to Know About Under 10s Football in England

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.

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Everything You Need to Know About Under 9s Football in England

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.

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Everything You Need to Know About Under 8s Football in England

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.