Birmingham was the first UK city to be awarded the title 'National City of Sport' by the UK Sports Council, and has staged more national, European and World sporting championships than any other city.
Local football teams Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City, Coventry City and ‘Wolves’ all have their home grounds within easy reach. Warwickshire County Ground at Edgbaston (three miles south of the city centre) provides Test and county cricket games and a number of local rugby teams compete in national divisions.
Major tennis tournaments are held at Edgbaston Priory and international golf tournaments, including the Ryder Cup, are held at The Belfry. The Alexander Stadium hosts outdoor international athletics, whilst the National Indoor Arena (NIA) is the venue for over thirty sports, and has hosted events including tennis’ Davis Cup, the World Indoor Athletics, the World Badminton Championships and the European Athletics Indoor Championships.
Leisure activities in and around Birmingham include go-karting, snowboarding and skiing at Tamworth Snowdome, ice skating, tenpin bowling and paintball.