Sports in Great Britain
The English are great lovers of sport; and they are neither playingnor waching games, they like to talk about them. However, there isimportant thing about sport in Britain which we must know. Today, the big-timesport is professional and famous players can make much money.
Lat's take football for example. It is the most popular team game inBritain. It is played in most of the schools, and there are thousands ofamateur teams for young men in all parts of the country. But for most ofthe public football is a professional game which is watched on Saturday afternoons at the stadium.
Professional football is a big business. Every large town has one or more professional clubs. Many players have not any personal connection with the town for whose team they play.
Rugby football is played with an oval ball which may be carried. The players of the other team try to stop the man running with the ball bythrowing him to the ground. There are fifteen players in each team.
Some people say that`s not a game, it`s a battle because when you pick up the ball and run with it, the other side tries to make you fall.
People in many countries consider cricket the most English of games. But even in England it is not nearly as popular as football. In fact it has become less popular then before.
Football and cricket are the games most usually played in boys` schools. Girls also play cricket, though with them hockey and net-ball (which is like basketball) are more popular.
Tennis is the game which both men and women like to play after leaving school. The game of tennis is played by great numbers of people.