Sports are great, they unite, they bond and they inspire. But it isn’t just football and rugby.

Here’s a list of five great alternative sports, that’ll have you reaching for your top milers:



Remember playing Frisbee and thinking how much fun it was? Well why did you stop? Maybe you lost your Frisbee, but if you join an Ultimate club they have them in abundance and you can relive those childhood days through a team game similar to football, but with a Frisbee instead.





As the saying goes, if it’s good enough for Guy Secretan, it’s good enough for Guy Secretan. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try the sport he made famous. While the rules are difficult/impossible to follow, you will receive overwhelming appreciation from anyone who still remembers Green Wing.



A physical simulation of football, where the game is played partly on a table top, but primarily in the mind. Relive or replay those classic football matches that defined your youth, or simply improve your hand-eye coordination. Either way, you’ll find it surprisingly addictive trying to score a goal with your fingers.


Eton Fives

If you’ve always wanted to be a part of that ‘inner circle’ at the top of British society, you can’t. But you can play one of their favourite sports. All you need is a pair of hands, and some determination. Think squash but without the racquets.


Real Tennis

Known as the ‘Sport of Kings’, this was the original tennis game with much more complicated rules. It’s played in an inconveniently grandiose court, equipped with a spectator’s gallery. Perhaps this explains why there is less that 50 courts left. But if you get the chance, you might consequently find tennis to be insufficient in your racquet sport cravings.

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I've been learning Chinese for 3 and a half years at SOAS. I've lived in London, Beijing, Hong Kong and Oxfordshire. I have a keen interest in film, theatre and literature with an occasional foray into technology. I follow tennis religiously, which makes up for not playing it!

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