Sport

In addition to the facilities mentioned below, national and international contests are staged at the Crystal Palace National Recreation Centre, where are swimming and diving pools, athletics tracks and indoor facilities for tennis, squash, badminton, basket-ball, netball and various other sports. The Centre is primarily a training centre but the public afe admitted to watch special events as advertised.

Athletics. Amateur Athletic Association Championships and University Sports take place at the White City Stadium in Wood Lane, W.12.

Boating. The leading event of the year is the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race which is rowed on the Thames between Putney and Mortlake shortly before Easter. The Head of the River Race over the same course, but in the opposite direction, is an exciting spectacle engaging over 100 crews simultaneously. During the summer season various Thames-side towns hold their own regattas which make very pleasant outings for the visitor. The world-famous Royal Henley Regatta takes place during the first week in July.

Public boating’facilities are provided on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, on the lake in Regent’s Park and elsewhere at extremely reasonable charges.

Cricket. County and Test Matches are played at Lord’s (Marylebone and Middlesex C.C.) in St. John’s Wood, and at the Oval (Surrey C.C.) at Kennington.

Football. Football Association Cup and League finals are played at the great Wembley Stadium. Other popular grounds are at Highbury (Arsenal), Stamford Bridge (Chelsea), Craven Cottage (Fulham), White Hart Lane (Tottenham Hotspur) and Upton Park (West Ham United).

Headquarters of the Rugby Union are at Twickenham where international and other important matches are played. The Harlequins also play at Twickenham.

Golf. There are public 18-hole courses in a number of the London suburbs and also in Richmond Park. Professional competitions are played at Walton Heath, Moor Park, Wentworth and Sunningdale.

Horse Racing. The chief racecourse near London is at Epsom, where the Derby is run. Other famous London area racecourses include those at Kempton Park, Ascot and Windsor.

Motor Racing. The main circuit is at Brand’s Hatch, in Kent, which can be reached by Green Line coach or by train to Swanley and thence by local bus.

Polo. The most important matches are played in Windsor Great Park and at Cowdray in Sussex.

Tennis. The All-England Club at Wimbledon is of course the headquarters of lawn tennis and the Championship fortnight comprises the last week in June and the first in July. The indoor tennis championships are played at Queen’s Club, Kensington. There are public grass and hard tennis courts in many of London’s parks.

Swimming. There are facilities for open air swimming in the Serpentine, in Hyde Park, in the Ponds on Hampstead Heath and in many of the local parks while most boroughs have public indoor swimming baths.

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