Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you may have heard that the biggest sporting event in the world is coming to London this summer – and Olympic fever is spreading across the country. Although we usually focus on the more extreme sporting events, we are unlikely to see the Olympic Games grace Blighty’s shores again in our life time, so make the most of the sporting speciale and get behind team GB! With a pondering for participation yourself, why not throw off the shackles and light the torch with some of the country’s finest games – including some great water sports, target shooting and gymnastics!
Discover White Water Kayaking
Take on the raging rapids in a kayak as you battle your way through the waves and avoid the rocks with this exhilarating white water kayak experience. With plenty of practice in an area of calm water from expert instructors teaching you the skills you will need to take on the white water, you quickly build up the confidence to take on the waves, drops and ‘eddies’.
Experience Includes: Great intro to kayaking, expert tuition throughout, take on the white water
Available at: Llangollen (Denbighshire)
RYA Level 1 Dinghy Sailing
If the Olympic sailing events whet your appetite to get out on the water, then this RYA level 1 course will teach you everything you need to know. The two day course will be taught by expert sailors to ensure you learn as much as possible from boat handling techniques to reading and interpreting wind conditions.
Experience Includes: Two day intro course, gain an RYA level 1 certificate, great fun and challenging experience
Available at: Hove (East Sussex), Maidenhead (Berkshire)
Olympic gymnasts constantly amaze us with the breath-taking moves they pull, but without a word class gymnasium it can be a hard sport to get into. However, Parkour, the street equivalent, allows you to practice and perform crazy moves using features you can find in every town. This intro session will equip you with the skills to start practising free running everywhere!
Experience Includes: One hour introductory indoor Parkour workshop, expert coaching, take your new skills to the street to practice
Available at: Basingstoke (Hampshire)
Archery takes a great deal of skill and patience and is a lot harder than the Olympic athletes make it look! This introductory session will equip you with all the skills and technique to help you hit the bullseye every time. Many overlook archery as it has a reputation of a dying art, but one look at the the amazing feats of accuracy the professional athletes achieve will change your mind!
Experience Includes: 1.5 hour archery introduction, test your skills in a ‘shoot off’, expert tuition and quality equipment
Available at: London
Clay Pigeon Shooting Surrey
Shooting is one of Britain’s most successful Olympic sports with 43 medals won in the past 25 games! If you fancy yourself as the next British hot shot, this two hour unlimited clay pigeon experience in Surrey is a great way to get a real taste for the sport. Top level instructors will be helping you every step of the way as you blast the clay targets out of the sky!
Experience Includes: Clay pigeon shooting in Surrey, two hours with unlimited shots, CPS association accredited instructors
Available at: Redhill (Surrey)
So there we have it, just a few of the sports some of the Olympic sports you can try your hand at before the big event this summer. Some of the world’s finest athletes from over 200 countries will be battling it out to claim the ultimate price of gold for their country at these very sports, so why not see if you have what it takes!