With accusations of ball tampering in cricket and diving in football, is it time to find another national sport? There’s one contender throwing its hat – or spear – into the arena, and that’s jousting!
Something for Everyone
Jousting is a true spectator sport. It’s also the first extreme sport. And it’s romantic! Brave knights won the hearts of many fair ladies as they shone in their armour and got ready to do battle. They displayed feats of such strength, skill and bravery, and they won the admiration of people of all ages. Even a young King Henry VIII took part in competitions, although who would have been brave enough to topple the king? He did suffer a nasty gash in his leg that festered forever.
Putting the Great Back into Britain
We’re also rather good at jousting! Where once we ruled the world at football, cricket and rugby, now we’re letting other sides beat us. Make jousting our national sport and we can once again rule the sporting world.
No Diving Allowed!
Some footballers deserve Oscars for their ability to look like they’ve lost a leg when they lose the ball (you know the ones we mean). There’s no room for such theatrics in jousting. Knights are big, brave and strong. They won’t admit defeat until they have to, and they won’t admit that it hurts – even though their opponent is riding towards them at great speed on horseback and trying to break their armour or knock them off their horse.
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Get Ahead of the Crowd
Jousting is enjoying a revival with tournaments being set up across the UK and further afield such as New Zealand and Australia. It’s even featured on TV programmes. It’s so exciting and the most extreme of extreme sports – it puts other sports into the shade. Join in by becoming a jousting follower today and see how many of your friends will follow.