Sporting days out

Glasgow has been named as one of the world’s top 10 sporting cities, following the massive success of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.  The city boasts a superb range of world-class sports facilities for taking part in, and watching, outstanding sporting events.

Have your own gold medal moment with some track cycling at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, named in honour of the UK's most successful Gold-medal winning Olympian. Imagine the roar of 4000 cycling spectators cheering you on!

If the power and poise of gymnastics is your particular passion, you’ll want to book your place at the Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics 2014, taking place at the Emirates Arena on Saturday, December 6. With a star-studded line-up of international gymnasts, it’s not surprising the last two years have been total sell-outs! And then next year, the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships will see 500+ gymnasts from over 80 countries at the SSE Hydro in October.

Also next year, Glasgow hosts the biggest event in the calendar for disability swimming outside of the Paralympics: the IPC Swimming World Championships. Taking place at Tollcross International Swimming Centre in July, this event will welcome more than 650 athletes from over 50 countries. 

The action-packed 5.5km mountain bike circuit at Cathkin Braes not only offers a challenge to mountain bike aficionados, but it also has stunning views across Glasgow. The £600,000 circuit was designed by Phil Saxena, the man behind the Beijing Olympic course and several UCI World Cup venues. 

A concertina version of the traditional Rugby Union game, Rugby Sevens is a fast and furious contest with high point-scoring, hard hits and lung-bursting sprints. For a whole weekend of fun, head to Scotstoun for the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s on May 9-10, 2015 and watch thrilling international sevens rugby, played to a back drop of live music and entertainment!

Nothing beats the drama of Athletics.  Anything can happen - a fraction of a second can turn an unknown athlete into a star. One of those stars could currently train at one of the 14 different Athletics Clubs across the city. Visitors can test their own fitness levels at one of the many parks, including the scenic 5K run through the award-winning, 360 acre Pollok Country Park, close to the city centre.  

Table Tennis involves accuracy and speed, with split-second reactions to keep the ball in play. Visitors can practise their ping pong at the Emirates Arena or at Glasgow Club Donald Dewar, where William and Kate showed off their skills on their recent royal visit to the city. And if you want to be super cool, you could head to Hillhead Bookclub in Glasgow's West End, where they’ve got a purpose built cage in which pingers can pong freely, without worrying where the ball will go! 

The setting may be tranquil, but don't be fooled - this is Lawn Bowls and the stakes are high.  Bowlers mix precision with boldness and the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre offers a superb setting, next to the magnificent Kelvingrove Park.  Five bowling greens have been upgraded to international standard; they are free to use and no booking is required. 

Glasgow – unquestionably a sporting paradise.