Why Study Sport in the United Kingdom?


Welcome to the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom (UK) is made up of the four home countries of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with a total population of approximately 65 million people. It has one of the largest economies in the world, with a high standard of living. The UK is described by its tourist board as a country of: “Iconic landmarks, breath-taking countryside and unrivalled heritage”. The iconic landmarks include Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge, the Giant’s Causeway, and the London 2012 Olympic Park. The breath-taking countryside provides visitors with opportunities to take part in sporting activities in one of the 15 national parks including the hills and mountain ranges of the Cairngorms, Snowdonia and the Lake District, and in the waterways of the Broads and Pembrokeshire. Its heritage includes literature (from Shakespeare to Harry Potter), music (including the Beatles and Adele) and, of course, sport!

Sport in the United Kingdom

The UK is often regarded as the ‘home’ of modern sports and, as such, is the ideal place to study sport at university. The Industrial Revolution first began in England around 1760, spreading quickly to other parts of the UK and Europe, and this led to a transformation of sport as a result of a reduced working week, increased real earnings, improved public transport, and the expansion of commercial provision. Many British people now had more time, money, and opportunity to take part in sport. This also enabled sports that originated in the UK to be spread around the world, in particular through Britain’s relations with its European neighbours and other countries in the Commonwealth.  In 2012, London became the first city to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games for a third time, and in 2016 the UK became the first country in the history of the modern Olympics to increase its tally of medals in the games after being the host nation.


Tower Bridge, London, displaying the Olympic Rings during the London 2012 Games