From athletes to footballers, swimmers to rugby players, Middlesbrough has been the birthplace and training ground for countless sports personalities and Olympians.
We’re also home to a number of basketball teams, hockey teams, Middlesbrough Roller Derby, and of course, Middlesbrough has produced some incredible sports people including table tennis champions, BDO World Darts Champion, Glen Durrant, and Olympian athlete Chris Tomlinson.
There are sports facilities catering for a range of sports, including newer activities like padel, one of the fastest growing sports in the world, which you can play at the specialised courts at Tennis World.
Middlesbrough is, of course, the home of Middlesbrough FC. Fans and visitors alike can take in a game at the 34,000-seat Riverside Stadium and enjoy a brilliant day out with the family. You can also learn about the history of the club, including its beginnings at the Ayresome Park ground, with a guided VIP tour.
You can also now join the Boro Supporters Club 2020! Formed out of the old Middlesbrough Official Supporters Club, membership is open to all, whether a season card holder or not. They offer the opportunity to listen to speakers, including players, ex-players, coaching and other Boro staff, journalists and football experts. They also organise quizzes, memorabilia valuation nights, tours and trips and hold annual charity events. You can join the club here.
Why not make a day of it and visit Bedford and Baker Street for some pre-match food and drinks? There’s an abundance of pubs and eateries just 10 minutes’ walk from the ground, so whether you’re a home or away fan, you’ll always find plenty to do before and after the match. Why not make a day of it and visit Bedford and Baker Street for a relaxed night out and stay over in one of the many hotels nearby, or bag tickets for an evening show at Middlesbrough Town Hall. Orange Pip Market on the last Saturday of the month is also a popular choice for pre-match fun – and the atmosphere is fantastic.
Five-a-side pitches can be found all over Middlesbrough, including at Goals and Middlesbrough Sports Village, which boasts over 11 4G all-weather pitches.
A staple of the local sports scene, Middlesbrough Sports Village is used by professionals and amateurs alike. It features a world class 250m velodrome, a 1km cycle park, skate park, athletics track, exercise studio, multi-purpose gym, and plenty of exercise classes to keep you busy.
When it comes to gyms, you’re spoilt for choice. Rainbow Leisure Centre is a 100+ station, air-conditioned gym with a mix of the most up-to-date TechnoGym cardio and resistance equipment. Head to the Neptune Centre for an equally invigorating workout, making use of the 120-station gym with the latest TechnoGym cardio, resistance, Kinesis and Omnia equipment. There’s plenty of other multi-facility gyms in all areas of Middlesbrough, many of which have saunas, pools, and steam rooms, so you can relax and unwind after your workout.
Tennis World is a must-visit for anyone wanting to keep fit and healthy, and meet new people in a friendly atmosphere. It features four indoor courts and six outdoor courts, and padel tennis is a big draw – give it a try as an alternative to traditional tennis!
There are a number of squash courts across Middlesbrough, including the courts at Tennis World, which make for a fast-paced cardio workout.
A newcomer to Middlesbrough, Lane 7 is a haven for gamers and ten pin bowling fans. Featuring a retro vibe and serving a range of drinks and American beers, Lane 7 has plenty to keep you busy, including bowling on traditional walnut lanes, American pool, retro arcades, and ping pong – a great night out!