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Leicester has a proud sporting tradition with highly successful football, rugby, cricket and basketball teams. In 2016 it was even named the UK’s greatest sporting city.

Leicester Tigers have been the most successful English rugby union club since the current Premiership league began in 1987, winning it a record 11 times. Since 2016 however it has been football that has put Leicester on the international sporting map with Leicester City Football Club’s remarkable Premier League win. At odds of 5000/1, the win astounded the world and “doing a Leicester”, became a phrase for the underdog who triumphs. In 2021 they celebrated the club’s first ever FA Cup win after beating Chelsea in the final.  Sporting heroes born in the city include ex-footballer Gary Lineker and former goalkeeper Peter Shilton who both began their careers at Leicester City FC. Leicester Riders are also one of the oldest and most successful professional basketball clubs in England, winning multiple league and cup titles, and the Leicester Lions speedway team have gone from strength to strength recently.   

For those who love their golf, Leicester Golf Centre provides state of the art Toptracer technology to help you improve your game as well as a mature 9-hole golf course. Alternatively, Charnwood Forest’s Longcliffe golf course is one of the premier golf courses in the East Midlands, located in an area of great natural beauty. Leicester is also attracting other top level sporting activities, with the Morningside Arena hosting world famous stars of snooker and darts, quickly becoming part of the national circuit for these hugely popular sports. 

And there are plenty of chances to get active as Leicestershire offers a wide range of outdoor and sporting activities for all. These include the expected outdoor pursuits like climbing and assault courses, target sports, cycling, open water swimming, watersports, but also diving, quad biking, hovercrafting, skydiving, gliding and tank driving. Families are encouraged to have time away from tablets and screens with roller discos, bowling, adventure golf and even Zombie and Ninja Warrior challenges.  

For more details on how to get active visit Fitcation - Visit Leicester