There is Much to Do in Durham for aspiring athletes, rowers, gymnasts and swimmers, and with four years to go to the next Olympics this is the time to set your sights on a Gold medal. For those of us who are not quite in that league never fear there is still much fun to be had.

Durham Amateur Rowing Club, is at City Boathouse, in Green Lane. The Club was founded in 1860 by “a few gentlemen interested in aquatic sports”, who professed that, “outdoor amusements, and in the main cricket and boating are the very best means of bringing out the bone and muscle of our English youth.” This is the stuff that great oarsmen are made of. To this day this is a thriving rowing club for juniors, women, men and masters. In recent years the ‘Explore rowing’ learn to row programs have brought a whole new group of people into the club with an enthusiastic Recreational rowing section, and a Development squad, for those that choose to move into competitive rowing, rather than to enjoy the simple pleasures of “boating” on the River Wear passing through historic Durham City. New members are welcome.

Chungdokwan Taekwondo, is based at Newton hall Community Centre and is a great club for people wanting to gain super fitness, defensive skills and follow in the footsteps of our Gold and Silver medalists. The club has a range of ages training with it and will doubtless welcomes new members. The sport of the ‘punch and kick’ watched avidly at the Rio games looks great fun and is a sound activity teaching discipline, encouraging confidence, and it makes a lot of sense for both boys and girls personal safety, plus there is a very friendly camaraderie amongst the members.

Durham Rugby Football Club, where football is played with heart and soul, for the fun of it. This great organization offers rugby training and competitive team games for all age ranges from Under 13’s to those a touch older, not forgetting the ladies’ teams. Rugby is a great leveler and brings out the best in those who play, teaching skills and disciplines that translate into everyday life, plus there is a wonderful ethos and friendship in this excellent team sport.

Durham City Cricket Club, with cricket for aspiring males and females from juniors to adults. Cricket is a famous Northern sport, made more so by Durham County Cricket Club right on our doorsteps. Cricket is a perennial favourite for men, women, and youngsters. There are good friendships to be made and social events too.

There are many more sporting opportunities close to home, smaller football clubs for the youngsters, tennis, swimming, plus many other activities available from walking and rambling to cycling and badminton. Check your local Library for details.

Roll on Tokyo 2020, we may see you there.

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