Rounders is a fun summertime sport that is played throughout the parks of London. You might have come across Rounders at school, but it has become a social game particularly for adults and work-colleagues. The sport can be played with simple basic rules. The competitive clubs tend to be for women only, but there are lots of social mixed leagues that are developing, which is perfect if you have got a team of five or more already. If you want to play for a club, head to Rounders England’s website with the list of London clubs. If you want to join a social league, visit Go Mammoth’ website, which sets up groups and teams for individuals and groups.
Roller Derby is the fastest growing sport in the UK, especially in London – the epicentre of this roller revolution. The sport has complicated rules, which can be roughly summed up: one person races round a track on skates while the other team tries to stop them. It is full contact, and there’s also plenty of styling. Ladies rosters in London include the London Roller Derby, London Rockin Rollers, and Croydon Roller Derby. There is also a men’s team, Southern Discomfort. If you like things punk and alternative, Roller Derby is the sport for you.
Dodgeball, the sport popularized by the Ben Stiller cult comedy, is a underground hit with young professional community in London. The rules of the sport involve throwing rubber balls at the other team and then trying to hit them. It can be played in various ways. Go Mammoth and Dodgeball London organize a series of pay-in leagues that takes place during 10-12 weeks. You can join the leagues as an individual or a team. The UK Dodgeball Association lists all joinable teams if you want to go for the long haul.