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SPORT & OUTDOOR

Scotland has a proud legacy of sporting heroes, and in Glasgow there are numerous opportunities to enjoy yourself, keep fit, and follow in their footsteps, from the popular to the more extreme.

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GLASGOW CLUB

Glasgow Club is a membership to 30 sports and fitness centres in Glasgow, with 25 gyms, 12 pools and 750 fitness classes at your disposal, all within easy reach of the city centre. For more information contact Glasgow Club.

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Football is the most popular sport in Scotland, and in Glasgow you can watch a number of teams, including CELTIC, RANGERS, PARTICK THISTLE, or even the female team, GLASGOW CITY LADIES F.C. If you also want to play the game, Glasgow Sport lists a number of FOOTABLL PITCHES. In addition to this there are 5-a-side pitches available at POWERLEAGUE and SOCCER WORLD. There is also training available for all levels at the GLASGOW FOOTBALL ACADEMY.

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Scotland is the home of golf and Glasgow has a number of opportunities for you to enjoy the sport. GLASGOW SPORT offers six affordable courses; ALEXANDRA, KNIGHTSWOOD. LETHAMHILL, LINN PARK, LITTLEHILL and RUCHILL. In addition there are a number of private courses with visitor fees, including the famous GLASGOW GOLF CLUB at Killermont, CAMBUSLANG, CATHKIN BRAES, HAGGS CASTLE, POLLOCK and SANDYHILLS. There is also the WORLD OF GOLF driving range, and for those who cannot make it out of the city centre, THE GOLF LOUNGE, which offers simulation and tuition around 50 of the world’s best courses.

While the home of Scotland’s national rugby team is at Murrayfield, Glasgow has its own team, the mighty GLASGOW WARRIORS, as well as a few smaller clubs including the GLASGOW HAWKS, GLASGOW EAST RFC and the GLASGOW HUTCHESONS' ALOYSIANS RFC. The city is also host to the Emirate Airlines GLASGOW 7s in May.

As well the various indoor sports centre courts, Glasgow has two outdoor courts in KNIGHTSWOOD PARK and VICTORIA PARK, although they are only open between April and September. Glasgow also has its own Pro Basketball team, the fiery GLASGOW ROCKS, who you can see in their new home, the Emirates Arena.

Running can by its very nature be a very isolating sport, but it does not have to be. Glasgow is home to a number of running clubs, including the BELLAHOUSTON ROAD RUNNERS, GLASGOW RUNNING NETWORK, and GLASGOW SOUTH ROAD RUNNERS. There are also numerous running events throughout the year, a list of which can be found at RUN GLASGOW.

With Scottish superstar Andy Murray inspiring generations old and new to pick up their racket, Glasgow has a number of clubs to play at outwith the sports centres, including HILLHEAD TENNIS CLUB, TITWOOD LAWN TENNIS CLUB and the WESTERN HEALTH & RAQUETS CLUB.

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There are a number of active cycling clubs around Glasgow to accommodate for all fitness levels, including the CTC GLASGOW, GLASGOW COURIERS CC, GLASGOW GREEN CC, GLASGOW UNITED CC, and VC GLASGOW SOUTH. For those just looking to watch, there are numerous events on at the brand new SIR CHRIS HOY VELODROME.

While not receiving as much press as other sports, badminton is a worthwhile pursuit, relying on skill, precision and determination. BADMINTON SCOTLAND has a list of local clubs to join, while two venues, the NATIONAL BADMINTON ACADEMY at Scotstoun Leisure Centre and the COCKBURN CENTRE in Govan, provide courts and training if desired.

Scotland has been enjoying a recent spurt of success in boxing with the likes of Ricky Burns and John Simpson. For those wishing to see matches in Glasgow, SK PROMOTIONS are the chief organisers of semi-pro and white-collar boxing. For those wishing to learn boxing, or mixed martial arts, THE GRIPHOUSE MMA GYM, the EDGE GYM and the GLASGOW THAI BOXING ACADEMY are all welcoming.

For those seeking low-impact physical exercise or therapeutic meditation, Glasgow has a number of yoga centres, including INNER SPACE, SHANTI YOGA GLASGOW, YOGA HEALING GLASGOW, YOGA MEDITATION STUDIO & CENTRE and YOGA WITH SIOBHAN.

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Sadly Glasgow does not have an ice-skating rink in the city centre after the only one was removed from the St. Enoch centre in 1995. However, the nearby Braehead Arena in Renfrew is home to the BRAEHEAD CLAN, Glasgow’s ice hockey team competing in the Elite League.

For those wishing to emulate Green Arrow, Hawkeye or Legolas, GLASGOW ARCHERS has been running since 1948. They play host to the Scottish Championships and the Glasgow Open competitions, and welcome new members at any skill level, as they have a commitment to mentoring and coaching new archers.

Despite being in the middle of a city, miles from snow-capped mountains, Glasgow still affords you a chance to ski or snowboard (or fall on your arse). The GLASGOW SKI & SNOWBOARD CENTRE in Bellahouston Park offers four dry slopes and instruction should you require. However, if you want a taste of the real thing, the SNOW FACTOR at Braehead Xscape in Renfrew provides fresh snow in an indoor environment.

Skating and skateboarding by can be done almost anywhere, but KELVINGROVE SKATE PARK offers a haven of concrete curves to Ollie and kick flip with like-minded souls. There is also the noteworthy GLASGOW SOCIETY OF SKATEBOARDING blog to have a look at. For those wishing to spectate rather than participate, GLASGOW ROLLER DERBY may be more suited to your style.

While the only horse you are likely to see in Glasgow is Copenhagen, the Duke of Wellington’s war horse, in statue form at Royal Exchange Square, the outlying area offers numerous riding opportunities. There is the LINN PARK EQUESTRIAN CENTRE, and also DUMBRECK RIDING SCHOOL situated in Pollock Country Park. BLACKFAULDS FARM near the Glasgow Fort has DIY stables to accommodate your horse, and if you are disabled but would still like to sit astride one of these noble creatures, RIDING FOR THE DISABLED ASSOCIATION GLASGOW will make your dreams a reality.

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FOOTBALL

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For those who need a rush of adrenalin, there is the HIGHLAND FLING; Glasgow’s very own bungee jump, leaping 150ft off the Grade A listed Titan Crane. And if you want to practise your wall climbing abilities without driving to the mountains, there is THE CLIMBING ACADEMY, GLASGOW CLIMBING CENTRE and CLIMBZONE at Xscape Braehead, which also offers the SKYPARK assault course and THE DROP (not for people afraid of heights).

Use the colour tabs to explore all that Glasgow has to offer, whether it be live music, laugh out loud stand up comedy, grabbing a bargain at the markets, or tucking into a hearty meal and washing it down with a beer.

These are just some of our favourite places, but Glasgow has more to offer. We follow new places on Twitter as we find out about them, and retweet any new openings or special offers, so follow us for the latest updates.

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