Sporting In Leicester

Leicester has a strong tradition of national representation in the three major sports. ie football, rugby and cricket, with the rugby team, Leicester Tigers, being the most consistent in their achievements.

In terms of sports facilities and municipal recreation of Braunstone Leisure Centre recently opened is without doubt the star attraction. Opened in 2004, it is the home of both the Braunstone & City of Leicester Swimming Clubs and, despite only having a 25m swimming pool of eight tracks in 2005 hosted the British Synchro Swimming Championships. There are also leisure centers at Aylestone and Spence Street. Leicester has two municipal golf courses; Humberstone Heights (off Gypsy Lane) and The Western (off Scudamore Road).

Leicester Tigers are one of the leading clubs of the high country of the Rugby Union. Their Welford Road ground was the scene of some memorable games over the years and regularly hosts matches against the "barbarians" - an international ad hoc team. Formed in 1880, its name has two legends associated with it. While his most recent successes were the early 21 century, namely the European champions for the 2001-2002 season and in English, they are still a force to be reckoned with in English and European rugby. The Tigers play in English Guinness Premiership League and have many international players in the team. Leicester as a city also has many thriving junior Rugby clubs playing in local leagues. Rory and Tony Underwood, and more recently, Austin Healey, were also well loved players.

Leicester City Football Club is currently in the Premier League, a step down from the top flight Premier League, their nickname is the Foxes. Founded in 1884 as Leicester Fosse, they moved to their country of origin, Filbert Street in 1891 - a year after joining the English Football Association. In 2003, with the club beset by financial problems, the club was purchased on the administration by a consortium led by former player and club hero Gary Lineker. Many famous football players have played for Leicester City, two guardians of international goal for England, Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton. Gary Lineker, England international also in the Advanced Centre is probably the greatest player held fans ailments foxes. "Gary is now a regular presenter for BBC Sport.

Very within the city is Leicestershire County Cricket Club, who are also known as The Foxes. They are currently in Division 2 'Liverpool Victoria County Championship. They are also in Division 2 league Natwest Pro40 "where they play a limited overs game days. In matches of the Cup of Twenty20 ', which are played in the afternoon and early evening, the Foxes were the winners the trophy in 2006 after a thrilling final match against Nottinghamshire. Leicester CC play at ground Grace Road, which was formerly known as the County ground. Grace Road now has a capacity of 12,000 and is not in list of English cricket Board of reasons that can host matches Test Cricket (international).

Leicester Riders are the senior club basketball in Leicester and play in the Premier League of the British Basketball League. They say the oldest club basketball in Britain, which was founded in 1967 and founder members of the National (British) Basketball League. Originating as Loughborough All Stars, after several years of Loughborough and Leicester use as your home base who moved to Leicester in 2004 and now play at the site of its sponsor at De Montfort University.

Leicester has several athletics clubs, most notably Leicester Corinthians. Leicester athletics like to associate with the international distance runner Paula Radcliffe, who runs for Bedford & County south of Leicester.

If you want to see if you want to try climbing as a sport or hobby, Leicester has the largest climbing centers in the East Midlands' on Tower Climbing Centre.

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