So the world cup is upon us. For some it has been a long wait and for others it may as well not happen at all; disrupting your regular telly schedule and causing the age old row of who takes control of the remote. Well fear not, if you want to give the world cup the swerve but still feel sporty here are some great ways to keep active without a Ronaldo or a Harry Kane in sight.

There are plenty of local sports facilities and clubs you can look at joining; and most of them have have plenty of advice on where to start. But here I am going to look at the biggest and best in the area – Sports Park UEA. What sports do they cover? Where do I start? They have everything from athletics, badminton, basketball, climbing, fitness, gymnastics, hockey, netball, pickleball, squash, table tennis, volleyball; I may have missed one or two because they literally have the lot. I will be honest I don’t know what pickleball is… but they have it. They obviously have plenty of football… but I kind of promised not to mention the ‘F’ word. 

The fitness programs have a huge range of activities as Sportspark offers a 130+ station state-of-the art newly refurbished Fitness Centre, personal training sessions led by highly qualified and experienced fitness professionals and a timetable of over 70 group exercise classes to suit all abilities including zumba, pilates, indoor cycle, circuits, yoga and many Les Mills’ classes including BodyPump and BodyBalance.

To ensure you get the most out of the Fitness Centre, new users need to book an induction. Inductions are available throughout the day every day. If you are a Gold or Silver member your induction is free! The staff can prepare you with an individual workout programme to meet your needs, which is included in the Gold membership. If you find it difficult to keep motivated and need extra support, why not book a one-to-one or small group session with a personal trainer.

Want to dive on the deep end? Sportspark offers a world-class pool, offering some of the finest swimming facilities in Britain. With a timetable featuring public swimming sessions, swimming lessons, Aquafit classes, family splash sessions and Swimfit, Sportspark’s 50m pool is perfect for both lane swimmers and fun seekers alike, so there really is no excuse get in those laps.

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If you do want to catch all of the football action here are the fixture dates for England’s group stages. Just be prepared for football fever should we make it into the knock-out stages.

England v Iran 

Mon 22 Nov – 4pm local/1pm UK


England v USA 

Fri 25 Nov – 10pm local/7pm UK


Wales v England 

Tue 29 Nov – 10pm local/7pm UK