Uncover the sporting side of the West Midlands

It’s not just the Commonwealth Games, sport is at the beating heart of Birmingham and the West Midlands. From tennis to cricket, football to golf, discover the rich sporting pedigree of the region.

Love Wimbledon? Then the West Midlands is a must-do for you

While everyone associates Wimbledon as the home of lawn tennis, fans may be surprised to learn the game was invented in the West Midlands. The first game of lawn tennis is said to have been played in Edgbaston in 1859. And the oldest purpose-built “real tennis” club in the world, is in Leamington Spa. The Leamington Tennis Court Club was established in 1846 and still thrives today. 

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The Leamington Tennis Court Club

Edgbaston is simply cricket

Leafy Edgbaston, the upmarket suburb of Birmingham, is world-famous for its cricket. You can get tickets for matches or take a stadium tour and learn some of its long history in “the gentleman’s game”. It has been the home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club since 1885 and hosted its first Test, against Australia, in 1902. It’s widely regarded as having the best atmosphere of British venues – for the home team, that is.

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Edgbaston

It’s home to many football clubs

It’s not just cricket, football is also at the heart of the West Midlands and visitors can experience some of the passion of the beautiful game at one of the region’s many clubs. The Premier League’s Aston Villa is based in Villa Park, Birmingham, which offers stadium tours of its historic venue, as does Wolverhampton Wanderers in Molineux Stadium in Wolverhampton. Or you can get into the spirit at Birmingham City’s home of St Andrew’s. Coventry City plays at Coventry Building Society Arena and West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

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Villa Park

You can get in a few rounds of golf

The West Midlands is also home to one of the world’s leading golf courses and resorts – The Belfry. Situated just outside of Birmingham, near Sutton Coldfield, it has three golf courses and has hosted the Ryder Cup four times, more than any other venue. It is also home to a luxury hotel and spa.

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The Belfry

There are many ways to get moving in the West Midlands

If the Commonwealth Games inspires you, then there are plenty of ways to get active in the region. From simply walking around Birmingham, to renting a bike and cycling the extensive canal paths, right up to abseiling in the Peak District, there’s really no excuse for sitting down. You can play some tennis at one of the city’s many courts, or combine your exercise with entertainment at Birmingham’s Treetop Adventure Golf or the cool Ghetto Golf in the Custard Factory. Then get some lengths in at Droitwich Lido – one of the last inland outdoor salt-water pool in the UK.

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Droitwich Lido
28 Jul 2022(last updated)

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