Are you thinking about trimming your hedges? Or maybe painting the garden fence? Ignore those impulses! There are perfectly good handymen and landscapers out there who could do with your business. Instead, why not kick back, relax, and watch a scintillating line-up of sport. Here’s our top picks for the coming few weeks.
FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 Final
Sunday 2 July at 7pm
Premier League star Alexis Sanchez will be hoping he can lead the Chile side to victory in the Confederations Cup. But this won’t be easy, with reigning World Champions Germany standing in their way. Chile will need to be at their best if we’re going to see a parade in Santiago. And no matter what, they mustn’t let the game get to penalties – we all know how deadly the Germans are when it comes to a penalty shootout! (Sorry Gareth, we feel your pain).
Also watch out for the new video technology being trialled at the tournament. There are still a few kinks in the system – but the bafflement of commentators and players alike more than makes up for the inevitable delays!
BBC One and BBC Two (with coverage also on the red button)
Monday 3 July – Sunday 16 July
Can’t make it to the Murray Mound? Then the BBC’s in-depth coverage is the place to be. World number 1, Sir Andy Murray, will be going for his third Wimbledon title to equal the record set by Fred Perry. And British hopefuls Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, and Kyle Edmund will also be looking to pull off some big upsets.
For the full Wimbledon experience, make sure you have the essentials: ample stocks of strawberries and cream, a few bottles of Pimms and Champagne, and most importantly, practice your Mexican wave in advance.
International cricket Test match highlights
Thu 6 July – Monday 10 July at 7pm
England’s cricket team will be playing against South Africa in the Investec Test Match at Lords.
The team are on a winning streak at the moment, having beaten South Africa in the recent Twenty20 series. And although pace bowler Jake Ball looks like he’ll miss the series, there’s still plenty of firepower to ensure victory.
Hopefully our traditional summer weather won’t interrupt play!
Formula 1 (British Grand Prix)
Sunday July 16
If you like high octane thrills, then you won’t want to miss this year’s British Grand Prix.
Tensions are fully revved up between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton after Vettel’s aggressive ‘swerve’ in Baku – and there’s no way Lewis will want to lose in front of his home fans. In this race, expect the post-match press conferences to be just as entertaining as events on the track.
Tour De France
Saturday 1 July – Sunday 23 July
July should probably just be renamed cycling month.
The prestigious – and not to mention gruelling – cycle race takes place throughout July to a global audience. From the comfort of your own sofa, you can watch these elite athletes fight it out against a backdrop of stunning valleys and historic castles. You can also expect plenty of drama as the course’s steep inclines and sharp bends prove challenging for even the best riders.
Watch out for British riders Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome, who’s going for his fourth title in five years.
World Para Athletics Championships
Extensive coverage on Channel 4 for the World Para Athletics Championships – catch a huge number of British athletes taking home more silverware.
Women’s Euro 2017 Championship
BBC One and BBC Two
Sunday 16 July – Sunday 6 August
Had enough of dull pre-season friendlies? Then turn your attention to the Women’s European Championships where both Scotland and England will be competing against Europe’s elite nations.
Watch out for Lyon and Norway’s Ada Hegerberg, who in 2017 won BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year.
World Athletics Championships
BBC One and BBC Two
Friday 4 August – Sunday 14 August
This year, the World Athletic Championships will be held in London and will showcase some of the greatest athletes in sport.
Expect many memorable moments from these ten days. In particular, legends Usain Bolt and Sir Mo Farah will be on the hunt for more gold medals, as they look to bow out in style in their final competition.
The 100m events may be the big draw, but the World Athletic Championships provide the opportunity to watch something a little bit different. For us, the hammer throw and shot put are exhilarating to watch – a perfect combination of technique and brute strength. We do, however, recommend not trying this in your back garden!
Friday 7 July at 9pm
“Hey! Wrestling isn’t a sport. It isn’t even real.”
Wrong! Wrestling is the most physically demanding and brutal of all sports. A cross between sports and entertainment, wrestling provides not just the athleticism of a gymnastic event, but also the drama of an episode of EastEnders. IMPACT Wrestling doesn’t disappoint.
Wrestlers to watch out for include Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter and World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Lashley (aka “Walking Armaggedon”), former NFL player and Grand Champion Moose, and Bram – the 6ft 3 Briton known as the Chesterfield Plague.
The costumes, action, and just sheer fun of wrestling will have you instantly hooked. Again, we’d probably advise against trying out some wrestling moves in your garden.