Real tennis

During the Wimbledon season (in June), it is essential to know the origins of the lawn game. The ‘old version’ dates back to the 11th century monasteries where tennis was played on an enclosed court.

The ball was solid and a racquet was used to hit it.
The game was a popular pastime activity of monarchs too, like King Henry VIII was a keen tennis player.
Nowadays, the sport is getting unique, however, it is played at many independent schools and colleges (like Cambridge in the photo above).

Highland Games

Loch Lomond Highland Games are a traditional Scottish Highland Games situated in the village of Balloch at the southern end of Loch Lomond.
The games were started in 1967 and the games are now one of the top three Highland Games in Scotland hosting the Scottish Highland Games Association World Heavyweight Championship and the 80 metre Scottish Sprint Championship.

Other events are:

  • piping,
  • tug-o-war;
  • athletics,
  • wrestling,
  • cycling,
  • triathlon (swimming, cycling, running),
  • Highland dancing
  • and all the usual heavyweight events. There are eight different disciplines in this event: throwing the 16 and 22 pound stones for distance; the 16 and 22 pound Scotch Hammer for distance; the 28 pound ball and chain for distance; the 56 pound weight for distance; the 56 pound weight is tossed over the bar; and tossing the Caber.

The heavyweight events:

HIGHLAND GAMES quiz #1



Sport in the U.K.

Watch the video and say what sports did you see?

Did you see…

football?   basketball?   netball?   handball?   angling (=fishing)?   tennis?   canoeing?   gymnastics?   karate?   walking?   cycling?   cricket?   bowls?   darts?   swimming?   field hockey?

FAMOUS SPORTING VENUES

Match.

Wembley is famous for…
St Andrew’s is famous for…
Henley is famous for…
Wimbledon is famous for…
Lord’s is famous for…

cricket, football, golf, rowing, tennis

Adam Peaty and Project 56

‘Project 56 – Mission accomplished @[962377660473603:274:Adam Peaty MBE]’, as he tweeted. Breaststroke swimmer Peaty has become the first man ever to swim 100 m in less that 57 seconds. His winning time at World Aquatics Championships, Gwangju, South Korea is 56.88 which means he has done his mission he called “Project 56”, i.e. to swim the distance in under 57 seconds. Before this record, he was the first man ever to swim the distance in less than 58 seconds, too.

GR8 to Know

– Peaty is unbeaten in this distance since more than 2014

– it is the 14th time he has beaten the current best time in 100m

– he practises active meditation

– is keen on playing XBox and driving

Pitch, court, course…

Where do you play / do sports?

court: tennis, volleyball, basketball, netball, squash…

pitch / field: football, hockey, rugby, hurling, American football, cricket…

course: golf

pool: swimming, water polo…

rink: ice-skating, ice-hockey…

track: athletics (running), cycling, horse racing…

circuit: motor-racing

slope: skiing

Don’t forget: bowling green; bowling alley; lane (e.g. in swimming or athletics)

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Sport in England 1

Watch the video and say what sports did you see?

Did you see…

football?   basketball?   netball?   handball?   angling?   tennis?   canoeing?   gymnastics?   karate?   walking?   cycling?   cricket?   bowls?   darts?   swimming?   field hockey?

FAMOUS SPORTING VENUES

Match.

Wembley is famous for…
St Andrew’s is famous for…
Henley is famous for…
Wimbledon is famous for…
Lord’s is famous for…

cricket, football, golf, rowing, tennis