Shrovetide Football : One Of UK’s Oldest Sporting Traditions

The annual Royal Shrovetide football game in Ashbourne, Derbyshire attracts between 3,000- 5,000 people a year! You might have heard this referred to as ‘mob’ football, which dates right back to the 12th century and only has a couple of rules. No murder or manslaughter, and the ball cannot be driven in a vehicle or put into a bag of any sort. The sport emerged into Europe in the middle ages and is traditionally played on shroves Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. 

Teams are called the Up’ards or down’ ards, depending on which side of the river Henmore you were born. All this to get your hands on a cork filled ball, whilst trying to get it towards the goal! Great to see tradition upheld, even if it is a little raucous. Get in there lads!!

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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