MOSCOW STATE TEACHER`S TRAINING UNIVERSITY
SPORT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
Written by Varlamova Anna
Checked by Makhmuryan K.
THE MAIN PART
The social importance of sport
Football ( Football pools
Animals in Sport
The list of literature
Whe have I chosen such theme? Sport is supposed to be interesting
only for men, not for women. But I think it is a mistaken opinion. Sport
is one of the most amusing things in the world, because of fillings,
experiences, excitements connected with it. Particularly it is so when
we speak about the UK.
Think of your favorite sport. Whatever it is, there is good chance that
it was first played in Britain, and an even better chance that its
modern rules were first codified in this country.
Sport probably plays a more important part in people’s life in Britain
than it does in most other countries. For a very large number it is
their main form of entertainment. Millions take part in some kind of
sport at least once a week. Many millions more are regular spectators
and follow one or more sports. There are hours of televised sport each
week. Every newspaper, national or local, quality or popular, devotes
several pages entirely to sport.
The British are only rarely the best in the world at particular sports
in modern times. However, they are one of the best in the world in a
much larger number of different sports than any other country (British
individualism at work again). My course paper looks at the most
publicized sports with the largest followings. But it should be noted
that hundreds of other sports are played in Britain , each with its own
small but enthusiastic following. Some of these may not be seen as a
sport at all by many people. For most people with large gardens, for
example, croquet is just an agreeable social pastime for a sunny
afternoon. But to a few, it is a deadly serious competition. The same is
true of the game such as indoor bowling, darts or snooker. Even board
games, the kind you buy in a shop, have their national championships.
Think of any pastime, however trivial, which involves some element of
competition and, somewhere in Britain, there is probably a ‘national
association’ for it which organized contents.
The British are so fond of competition that they even introduced it into
gardening. Many people indulge in an informal rivalry with their
neighbors as to who can grow the better flowers or vegetables. But the
rivalry is sometimes formalized. Though the country, there are
competitions in which gardeners enter their cabbage, leeks, onions,
carrots or whatever in the hope that they will be judged ‘the best’.
There is a similar situation with animal. There hundreds of dog and cat
shows throughout the country at which owners hope that their pet will
win a prize. There are a lot of such specific kinds of sport in the
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