5 of the top sports and leisure activities in Leeds
Whether you’re a sports fanatic, or just looking for something fun to do over the weekend, Leeds has got a great choice of sporting and leisure activities to get you off the sofa and away from the telly. From paintballing to zorb football, bowling to golf, there’s no shortage of things to keep you occupied and ensure you’re never bored this winter.
Fancy yourself as a sharpshooter? Then test your skills at Paintballing Ltd’s Leeds site, located in Blackfen Woods, just ten minutes from the city centre. You’ll be given a semi-automatic paintball marker, a set of camouflage overalls, one hundred free paintballs and then the battle will commence! Perfect for beginners or paintballing enthusiasts, the site offers one of the UK’s most exhilarating courses, and will test your strategic thinking and your reflexes as well as your shooting precision.
Regardless of whether you’re into football or not, football zorbing is one of those things that you’ve simply got to experience. You’ll be laughing from start to finish, as you try desperately to control the ball whilst rolling around inside a massive plastic orb. Great for a stag or hen do, or just a day out with friends, Football Zorbing Leeds is located just a few minutes from the city centre, and has first-class 3G pitches, as well as changing facilities on site.
Leeds is one of the UK’s best golfing cities, with countless excellent courses to choose from, and Leeds Golf Centre is the perfect place to hone your technique. The Wike Ridge championship golf course is the centre’s most famous course – with several excellent water features, and additional bunkering, it will really put your skills to the test. The centre also offers footgolf, which is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin – half football, half golf! One of the world’s fastest growing sports, footgolf really is a must for any football or golf enthusiast.
If you’re looking for something a bit different from a night out this weekend, look no further than MFA Bowl. Great for a Friday or Saturday evening, or for a day out with friends, bowling is one of those sports you don’t have to be good at to enjoy. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or have never tried your hand at it before, it’s always great fun, and it’s also one of the most affordable leisure activities around, with a game costing only a fiver if you book online. There’s also a great selection of food and drink, pool tables, and a wide range of arcade games, so there’ll be plenty to keep you entertained!
Keen to learn a new sport? Why not try your hand at squash? One of the most physically demanding sports around, squash is a real workout, but it’s great exercise, and will improve your reflexes and hand-eye coordination as well as your fitness. Kirkstall Leisure Centre offers weekly classes for under £7 for adults, and £4.50 for children, so it won’t break the bank, and it’s a great opportunity to meet people and stay active. If squash doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, Kirkstall Leisure Centre also offers classes in a wide range of other sports, such as football, gymnastics and swimming.
Justin Toohig is the founder of Paintballing Ltd, an organisation that has 75 premier paintballing locations across the country. Justin’s own experience as a professional paintballer has enabled him to grow his business into the UK’s best-loved paintball experience provider.
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