A beginner’s guide to Sport in 2016

If you don’t know who Messi is, have no idea what Hawkeye does and are totally confused about the events in a Decathlon, then you might be in trouble this Summer! This year plays host to Euro 2016, Wimbledon, the Olympics, and many other events. Whether it’s watching or playing, here’s our beginners guide to sport in 2016.

Euro 2016 small talk


  • Euro 2016 (that’s football) is being held in France from 10th June to the 10th July.
  • Spain are the two-time defending champions but the current bookies favourite to take the title this year is France.
  • The Offside rule can be understood in under 60 seconds:

‘You’re in a shoe shop, second in the queue for the till. Behind checkout is a pair of shoes which you’ve seen and must have. The shopper in front of you has also seen them and wants them but.. both of you forgot your purses.

It would be rude to push in front if you had no money to pay for the shoes. The shop assistant remains at the till waiting.

Your friend is trying on another pair of shoes at the back of the shop and sees your dilemma. She prepares to throw her purse to you.

If she does you can catch the purse, walk round the other shopper and buy the shoes! At a pinch she could throw the purse ahead of the other shopper and “whilst it is in flight” you could nip around the other shopper, catch the purse and buy the shoes!

BUT, you must always remember that until the purse has “actually been thrown”, it would be plain wrong for you to be in front of the other shopper and you would be OFFSIDE!’

Offside rule


If you consider yourself a team player, why not join your local 5-a-side team? Channel that inner footie player and join the other 5 million people that play every week in the UK. Check out This Girl Can – a National Campaign by Sport England. It’s been scientifically proven that this fast paced activity is better for your health than running or lifting weights. Tom from Diary of the Dad shares how team sport helps him unleash stress:

“It’s essential to get some regular exercise to let it (frustration) out, I find that kicking a ball around for an hour and roaring in frustration every time I miss an open goal to be extremely therapeutic.”

Get the kit and check for the latest here.

Olympics small talk

olympic basics

  • Started in 1896 and the country with the most overall medals is the USA
  • There are currently 42 Olympic sports, 306 events and 19 days of competition.
  • The summer Olympics is held every four years and after London 2012, Rio have got a lot to live up to as hosts. The question is can they beat the corgis?

Olympics london

If you’re giving a new sports regime a go and need some motivational guidance then a multi-sport tracker is your friend. Alan Cole from Blog Allalana shares an in depth review on the Garmin Fenix 3 and how to personalise it for your training regime, browse best available offers here . Triathlete and all-round fitness expert Soph shares some handy tips on how to tackle running, swimming and cycling.

To help find a suitable training programme Final Surge is a good place to connect with coaches and other athletes.

Quick Fire Sports round up of the rest 

We’ll be sharing plenty more advice to get you through the summer in our next few posts but here’s a quick round up of what’s ahead:

Royal Ascot basically horses and ladies who wear big hats made of interesting things. The Queen Anne Stakes is one of the most prestigious races at the meeting.

ascot race hat board

Loving Ron Bolds Ascot Ladies day hat collection on Pinterest.

  • Wimbledon Tennis tournament is held in SW19 in London. Hawkeye is the eye in the sky which decides if a ball is out or not (this often involves a lot of shouting and racquet bashing from the players)
  • Tour de France This is a gruelling 23 day cycling race covering about 2,200 miles, the winner of which wears a yellow jersey.
  • The Open If you hear people saying this, nod politely and smile in the knowledge you know they mean Golf.
golf playing
Source: golfdigest


  • Cricket There are a ton of cricket matches ahead from County level to England v Pakistan on 27th July. Most of which can be seen at Lords or the Oval.

Hopefully this round-up is enough to get you started on getting through this summer. Keep your eye out for more of our features, including hosting the perfect supporters party and complete your beginners guide to sport in 2016.

Got any tips on how to look or act the part? Why not share them in the comments below.

11 thoughts on “A beginner’s guide to Sport in 2016

  1. This is a great guide! I think I need to re-read the offside rule a few times. Exciting times and lots of things to support together which is always a good thing for us to do as a nation. Thanks for linking up to #KCACOLS. Hope you can come back next Sunday to join us.

  2. Great offside analogy! That made me chuckle. Good small talk, but you forgot to mention the biggest event of the summer – the British Grand Prix. That’s the highlight for me.

    Sally @ Life Loving

  3. This is great, as there’s a busy Summer ahead sports wise. I’m a Taekwon-do instructor, so can add to that a couple of really good competitions coming up :) I like your mention of the: This Girl Can campaign. It’s so important to get girls into sport. I have 5 girls who all do tkd and one plays football and cricket, as well as any other sport going. Thanks for the post. Alison #LifeLovingLinkie

    1. Thanks Alison. Would love to hear more on the benefits of Taekwon-do and an easy way to take up the sport as a beginner so do share.

  4. Ha, brilliant! Don’t forget the rugby tours in Australia/NZ… I find shouting random things at the TV like ‘come on’ ‘pass the ball out’ works for a blagged haha!

  5. Brilliant explanation of the off side rule, I kinda had an idea that’s what it was! There is a lot of sport this summer and I will probably be avoiding it all except wimbledon if I’m honest #kcacols

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