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The Best Sports for Winter

The best indoor sports for winter.

Winter is here, bringing colder days and longer nights. But that’s no reason to stay still!

For some children, the change in weather can really take the fun away from outdoor sports, especially when the alternative is the warm glow of a TV screen! What’s worse is that sports fields can become soggy, slippery or sometimes even frozen as the weather declines.

Now, we’re not saying that you can’t get outside in bad weather – plenty of outdoor sports are played all year round – but both children and adults can become less active in the winter. That’s why it’s important to have a plan B: an indoor sport that’s just as fun and means you can get on the move, whatever the weather.

To give you some inspiration, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite indoor sports. Some of these are indoor classics and others are less well known than others but can hopefully inspire you to try something new.

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Table tennis (AKA ping pong) is a simple but fast-paced game that everybody can enjoy. Our coaches can provide nets which fit across any table – it means you can play this almost anywhere! We’re officially partnered with Table Tennis England to help us bring the game to more children than ever, across the UK.

Badminton is a sport with a long tradition of indoor play. If you have access to a court, there’s endless variations to be played, including singles, doubles and fun minigames.

Futsal is an indoor version of football, similar to 5-a-side. It’s faster and more compact than football and uses a smaller ball that’s less bouncy. Footwork and control are more important than speed and power in this version, and unlimited substitutions mean less time standing around and more time playing.

We are the only nationwide primary school delivery partner of British Gymnastics. Thanks to specialist training, Premier Education coaches can adapt gymnastics to any space – so there’s no need for a big gymnastics gym!

This brand-new sport takes elements of handball and netball and wraps them up in a unique mix of throwing, catching and teamwork. Tchoukball is carefully designed to include players of all ages, sizes and abilities, which is one of the many reasons we’re such big fans of it at Premier Education.

All you need is an open space for this sport of speed, precision and footwork. The most important things you need for a fencing session are well trained coaches and age-appropriate equipment. Luckily, we happen to have both!

Of course, Kurling is most famous for the version played on ice, but we prefer to stay in the warm! The version we play just needs a smooth, flat surface. There’s also no need for brushing, so you can leave your broom at home.

Handball is a game of speed and accuracy that’s perfect for indoor play. The rules are simple to learn which means you can quickly get stuck in. Handball is a non-contact sport that’s fun, friendly and fast.

If you want to try out one of these, search in your local area to find your nearest course or Holiday Camp.