America is well known for its extensive amounts of sports like football, baseball and basketball, making the country synonymous with sporting passion. While British football (referred to as soccer in The States) is one of the most enjoyed sports around the world, there typically aren’t many other sports that the Brits are well known for. Here, we’re taking a look at some of the more surreal sports that Americans may not have ever heard of before but are engraved in British culture.
Rugby Six Nations
The Rugby Six Nations is one of the biggest sporting events in Europe and sees six European rugby sides battle against each other in a fight for the title. Held in February and March across a number of stadiums in Europe, this rugby event is one of the most highly anticipated in the sport, alongside the Autumn Internationals and the Rugby World Cup.
The Grand National
The Grand National is the UK’s biggest betting event of the year and is the UK’s longest running horse racing event too. With some of the best horses racing here every year, the most famous being the magnificent Red Rum who raced in the late 60s and 70s, it is easily one of the most popular British sporting events of all time. However, due to horse racing being a very British-dominated sport, it’s highly likely that many Americans may not have heard of it. The British enjoy the Grand National so much that even some of the biggest betting operators in the UK like Ladbrokes create games solely around the event, like their Grand National Horse Generator. There’s plenty to see and enjoy when it comes to The Grand National and it makes for a thrilling watch every year.
Cambridge & Oxford Boat Race
This annual boat race is a very British affair, with the two oldest universities in the country battling it out to win. Cambridge University Boat Club and Oxford University Boat Club row on the River Thames in London in an attempt to reign champion over the other. This is one of the most traditional sporting events of all time.
Cartier International Polo
One of the most luxurious British sporting events is the Cartier International Polo. It is one of the world’s best polo days and attracts everyone from royalty to celebrities and VIPs. One of the most world class events, this British sporting day truly resonates class and extravagance. This sport is known as the sport of princes, so it’s no surprise to see the crème de la crème present at this exquisite event. In fact, this event is so upper-class that the action is refined to invitation only participants! This event features the very best English polo players in the afternoon match, ‘The Coronation Cup’.
Badminton Horse Trials
This is a Premier 3 day event that even many British people may not have heard off, let alone any Americans. The Badminton Horse Trials are held in South Gloucestershire on the grounds of the Badminton Estate and have been running since 1949! With horse inspection, trade stands and the competition of show jumping tests and more, there’s plenty to enjoy at this sporting event.