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Should Netball be an Olympic Sport?

Posted on: February 13th, 2015

  The fast-paced nature of netball has caught the attention of many people across the country who have chosen to follow the sport and even pick up a ball to have a go themselves. The athletes use skill and tactics to battle it out on court, quickly shifting between defence and attack for a captivating game. The sport has gained immense popularity throughout the country, leaving many to question why it has not yet been included in the Olympics. During the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, netball was one of the ten core sports involved, which saw twelve nations from…

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5 of the World’s Most Unique Tennis Courts

Posted on: November 27th, 2014

In recent years, there have been some incredible, innovative tennis court designs which have pushed the boundaries of the sport and set the precedent for future unique court designs. Our experts at Charles Lawrence have compiled a list of five of the world’s most inventive tennis courts which have attracted the attention of spectators and professionals from across the globe.   1. Don’t look down! Boasting the title of the world’s highest tennis court, this innovative design was located 700ft off the ground on top of the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai. This helipad was converted into a tennis court…

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The Growing Popularity of Wheelchair Tennis

Posted on: October 20th, 2014

For beginners and professionals alike, the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has inspired many to get fitter. Whether this is achieved by taking up a new sport or stepping up your current training, there is always an opportunity to lead a healthy active lifestyle which best suits your preferences.   Wheelchair Tennis Wheelchair tennis has become one of the first sports to build on the massive success the 2012 Games by using the facilities at the Olympic Park for 2014 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters on 26-30 November. Tickets for the event went on sale at the end…

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Hong Kong prepares for its first WTA Tennis Open

Posted on: August 19th, 2014

Integrating sport into local communities across the world is an excellent way of improving health and teaching the value of sportsmanship. Once traditionally considered an English sport, tennis is gaining global popularity and has earned its place as one of the most played sports in the world.   Drawing in thousands of spectators at every event, Grand Slam matches and championship tournaments have delivered an excellent promotional platform for beginners and professionals alike to pick up a racquet and have a go themselves!   Currently dominated by Americans, Europeans and Australians, tennis is extending its popularity beyond these regions to gain…

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Commonwealth Games: Your Guide to the Glasgow 2014

Posted on: July 7th, 2014

As the curtains close on Wimbledon and the World Cup for another year, the next major sporting event will be taking place this month. The Commonwealth Games 2014 are being held in Glasgow, where 17 sports are scheduled to take place throughout July and August in different areas across the city. From the precision of table tennis to the agility of gymnastics, there is an eclectic mix of competitive sports to suit any sporting fan. This article will serve as a guide to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, supplying you with all the necessary information so you can join in this summer….

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Wimbledon 2014: Your guide to the Tennis Grand Slams

Posted on: June 17th, 2014

Strawberries and cream, Pimms and a Royal audience… A summer of Wimbledon tennis tradition is fast approaching and, along with it, the British hope for Andy Murray to retain his title following his triumphant win last year.     The third of four tennis Grand Slam events, Wimbledon is the quintessential English experience held in London from June to July every year. For many, Wimbledon is the real highlight of the tennis calendar where the patriotic atmosphere is like no other.   One of the major traditions of the tournament is the surface on which the tennis is played on. As…

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Sport in Schools – Encouraging Motivation, Self Belief and Health

Posted on: May 25th, 2014

As far as sporting events go, this summer is set to be a scorcher! With Andy Murray gracing Wimbledon, Roy Hodgson taking the England football team to Brazil and the Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow, the upcoming months are proving to be filled with British sporting promise.   Global sporting events can captivate the attention of children across the world, exposing them to new sports they had never heard of and giving them the opportunity to start following healthy role models. As we are currently in the athletics season, many schools will be holding sports day events and PE lessons…

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Are Female Sports Under-appreciated – Netball Focus

Posted on: October 22nd, 2013

  Netball emerged as a sport in the US shortly after the invention of basketball in 1891, when the rules where adapted to accommodate social sporting conventions for women, creating women’s basketball. Over the years the rules were modified so much, it became a whole new sport – netball, which quickly spread across Britain in the early 20th century.   By 1960, the rules of netball were universally recognised and the International Netball Federation was formed to govern the sport worldwide. Today, netball is played by thousands of school children across Britain in the UK every day, is hugely popular with…

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Racket Sports for Fitness

Posted on: August 14th, 2013

If you are looking to get fit, improve your health, lose weight and meet new people, then racket sports can be a great choice. Badminton, tennis and squash have long been popular in the UK, probably because as well as being fun to play, they offer a low cost way of getting active. Whether you are a novice or an aspiring athlete, young or old, racket sports offer something for everyone. Whilst badminton, tennis and squash are played to different rules, they all require common skills. They are fast-moving, high-tempo games which provide a good cardio workout for the players. As…

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Wimbledon – 7 Things You Didn’t Know

Posted on: June 18th, 2013

Wimbledon is the world’s oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament played on grass – the original tennis court surface. There is a glamour and prestige attached to Wimbledon, which cannot be surpassed by any other Grand Slam venue. The joy of winning a Wimbledon title is unbeatable; somehow, despite there being so many other tournaments in the world, every tennis player’s ultimate dream is to win a title at the Centre Court of Wimbledon. There are so many memories attached to this centre court – Federer and Nadal’s epic battle in 2008, Boris Becker beating John McEnroe in a thrilling five-setter, and…

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