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Some local authorities run archery courses at schools during holiday times. The local leisure centre may also be able to help, but the best way is to join a club. Visit the website of Archery GB to access the Club Finder in the Try Archery section. 

There are lots of public courts in parks and schools to start with and plenty of clubs contactable through the basketball associations in England or Wales both of which run grassroots programmes for training various age groups.

As it's name suggests, it's pretty easy to find places to start practising and then you can find a club for volleyball itself, plus beach and sitting variants via federation websites for England and Wales .

Get fit and learn skills to defend yourself. The British Amateur Boxing Association website has a guide on how to get started in the sport including a club finder database for you to track down your nearest gym.

On the flat water rather than the white-water, this is all about speed. The websites of Canoe England and the Welsh Canoeing Association have masses of information on them, including details of clubs and coaching.

For every aspect of cycling - track, road, BMX, cyclo-cross - see the British Cycling website in particular the section on Go-Ride Racing , the introductory programme for people wanting to take up cycling as a sport.

There's a broad range of events involving horses at the Olympics in show jumping, three-day eventing, dressage and modern pentathlon. The best place to start is the British Equestrian Federation website

fencingFENCING -
An explosive sport to get involved with and you can get started at a local club. Visit  the website of British Fencing where you'll find a club search facility.

Probably the easiest sport to get involved in as it's the national sport in the UK. There's bound to be a club or coaching scheme in your area. To find out more, visit the websites of The FA and The Football Association of Wales .

British Gymnastics is the governing body covering gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampolining - all Olympic sports. Don't wait too long to get involved as the earlier you start the better!

A popular sport across the rest of Europe but not so much in the UK. So a good chance to get involved in something new. Like in volleyball, there's also a beach version. Find a club through the England Handball website

Played in some schools and a non-contact sport for both boys and girls. Both England Hockey and Welsh Hockey websites have more information on clubs, coaching and getting started.

Already a popular pastime and sport for youngsters. If you're thinking of taking it up, check out the British Judo website which a very useful How Do I Start? section.

How easy is it to get started in an event which is actually five different events? if you're a genuine all rounder in running, shooting, fencing, riding and swimming, check out the Pentathlon GB website for the next step.

Get involved in 'Project Oarsome' – a scheme to help young people at state schools get started in rowing. More information can be found at the International Rowing Federation’s website . To find a club, get in touch with British Rowing .

A massively popular pastime and sport in the UK (being an island!). If you want to start, see the Royal Yachting Association website which operates centres for beginners all over the country.

There's a varied range of disciplines within shooting. Find out which is best for you through the websites of British Shooting , the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association and the National Small-bore Rifle Association .

Another school and youth club favourite which has become an Olympic sport. There are plenty of clubs to get started. Find out more from the English Table Tennis Association and the Table Tennis Association of Wales .

taekwondoTAEKWONDO -
A full-on contact sport, not for the faint-hearted. The British Taekwondo Control Board is the first point-of-contact to provide the names and addresses of clubs across the UK, plus coaching facilities on offer..

There are masses of public courts available in virtually every town in the country - indoor and outdoor - and most places have a local club which you can find easily using the search facility on the Lawn Tennis Association website

A sport relatively new to the Olympics but growing fast in popularity worldwide. One for the all-rounders involving swimming, cycling and running. The British Triathlon Federation looks after all clubs, coaches, volunteers and events in the UK.

A fast and furious team sport for men and womens teams. To get started, try the British Volleyball Federation , or the Volleyball Associations of England or Wales .

A physically-demanding team sport. To find out more about clubs, facilities and coaching schemes in your area, check the website for British Swimming

Lifting weights has to be very carefully supervised otherwise injuries can result. You must get proper coaching from the word go. See the British Weightlifting website to find out where to begin.

To learn all about locks and pins, take a look at the British Wrestling website and get all the information on clubs, coaching and volunteering







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