“If our boxer’s in too deep, we’ll pull him out.” – a ringside view of success in British junior boxing

Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder? Veteran amateur boxing coach Bob Pearson shakes his head to indicate his lack of interest: “I don’t know.” He is dedicated to overseeing the junior boxers at Earlsfield ABC in South West London, which is run by Sid Khan, the older brother of London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. Pearson prefers grassroots development over championship fights. “Have you ever been to a junior boxing show?” Pearson enquires. “No,” I confess. http://gty.im/627843674 He

What makes a sports fan?

It is a well-known fact most sports professionals at the top of their game started the sport from the word go, but was their love for the sport drilled into them by a parent or friend? Or did their obsession come from something raw and unmovable within? Do people grow up

“I wasn’t being judged on how well I could play”: Jaiyah Saelua on being the first transgender international footballer

Archie Thompson is a name synonymous with the most obscure of sporting trivia. On 11 April 2001, the centre-forward scored thirteen times as Australia set a seemingly unbreakable world record, beating American Samoa 31-0 in an infamous FIFA World Cup qualifier. It is a record that those who inhabit the tiny

“If football wasn’t around, frisbee would’ve filled that void.”

Ultimate Frisbee, otherwise known as Ultimate, is fairly new to most people’s consciousness, but it is not to be taken lightly, argues St Mary’s University men’s team captain, Alex Dickinson. He explained how this lack of knowledge causes people to underrate Ultimate. Dickinson explained that people often asked him: "Ultimate Frisbee?

“I want to appreciate every last drop of sweat”: Nick Matthew on retirement, Olympic dreams and conquering the world

“I think it’s just a few things here and there. Certainly, you slow up a little bit and your top speed isn’t as high as it was,” Nick Matthew admits as he explains the reasoning behind his upcoming spring retirement. The only Englishman to win the World Championship, Matthew has been

Recent criticism of poppies and sport misses the point

poppy fields

Jonathan Liew wrote of the “tedious poppy circus” a little while ago in the Independent. He argued that the various annual remembrance rituals, at sporting events and more widely, have become for many people a self-conscious show. The BBC also ran a piece which asked if the core message of

The match we all remember, replayed and commemorated this Christmas

Depiction of the 1914 game

One particular football match, played more than a century ago, still resonates to this day and has acquired legendary status. On Christmas Day in December 1914, a British officer ventured into the usually bullet-wracked No-Man’s Land near Ploegsteert Wood (‘Plug Street Wood’ to the Tommies) in Flanders  encouraged by the Germans’

“I believe in this team” – Takis Fyssas talks World Cup play-offs and Euro 2004

With Greece facing a winner-takes-all World Cup play-off against Croatia, Matt Horsman tracked down one of the stars of the country’s incredible Euro 2004 winning campaign, Takis Fyssas, to ask him about Greece’s chances this time around and what it was like to be a European Champion. The underdog story is