Get ready for an incredible summer of top sporting action, with five of the greatest sports events held right here in UK – and you can enjoy them all live on Virgin Media
By Chris Miller, Writer
This summer, there’s no doubt where the centre of the sporting world is. Five of the biggest events on the planet are being held right here in the UK, and you can enjoy full coverage of all five live on Virgin Media.
There are two massive multinational events. The Commonwealth Games come to Birmingham, as athletes from 72 countries from Anguilla to Zambia compete for medals in 20 sports. And in women’s football, England is hosting the European Championships, with matches taking place up and down the country from Brighton to Doncaster as 16 teams battle for continental supremacy.
The planet’s best players will be at the All England Club in Wimbledon in June and July, all striving to win the biggest prize in tennis, while the British Grand Prix at Silverstone is always one of Formula One’s great races. Finally, it’s the 150th staging of golf’s Open Championship, which returns to its spiritual home of St Andrews for what’s sure to be a superb competition on the Old Course.
All together, these five brilliant events make up a British summer of sport for the whole country to celebrate – and you can watch them all live across Virgin Media channels. Read more about them below.
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Tennis: Wimbledon Championships
Coverage continues daily from Monday 27 June to Sunday 10 July, various times, BBC One HD (CH 101) + BBC Two HD (CH 102) + Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer
It doesn’t get any more British than Wimbledon, with its strawberries and cream, its Royal Box, its inevitable rain, and the fervent support for anyone who’s flying the Union flag on court! And the talent pool in the UK is as strong as it’s been for a while, with Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans among the men’s seeds, and US Open champion Emma Raducanu continuing her meteoric rise (if she can stay injury-free – fingers crossed!).
The biggest cheers may be reserved for Andy Murray as he battles his way bravely back from injury, but the crowds love to show their appreciation for all the players – from the No1 seeds to the courageous qualifiers. So for two glorious weeks, join the rest of the country in enjoying live matches galore on the BBC TV channels and BBC iPlayer.
Motorsport: Formula One British Grand Prix
Sunday 3 July, 2.30pm, Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) + 2.55pm, Sky Sports F1®/HD (CH 516/506)
The Formula One season rolls into Silverstone for the first weekend in July and what a season it’s been so far, with the resurgence of Ferrari and the brilliance of reigning world champ Max Verstappen. The British Grand Prix is the oldest race on the calendar, and this historic track inspires some classic moments – like last year, when Lewis Hamilton came back from a collision with Verstappen and a time penalty to take the chequered flag with some terrific overtaking moves.
Things haven’t gone Hamilton’s way on the track in 2022, but perhaps the surroundings at Silverstone and the whole-hearted support of thousands of British F1 fans can inspire him back to winning ways. And there’s exciting new British talent too, in the form of George Russell – could he take the glory? Find out on Channel 4 and Sky Sports F1®.
Football: UEFA Women’s Euro 2022
Starts Wednesday 6 July, 7pm, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer
England last hosted the women’s European Championships in 2005, and it’s fair to say it didn’t make a huge impact. That won’t be the case this year. The popularity of women’s football has shot into the stratosphere since then: well before the start of the 2022 tournament, more tickets had been sold than for the whole of Euro 2017, with many matches sold out. It’s clearly going to be a real festival of football, celebrated by multitudes up and down the country.
Northern Ireland have qualified for the tournament for the first time and will be hungry for success – especially against England, who they meet at the group stage. Germany, Spain, France and defending champs the Netherlands have some of the world’s best players and will be among the favourites, but the hosts will be confident of success. Bring it on! All matches are live on the BBC.
Golf: 150th Open Championship
Starts Thursday 14 July, 6.30am, Sky Sports Golf/HD (CH 515/505)
The Open Championship has been a high point of the British sporting calendar since 1860. While it hasn’t been held every single year – owing to wars, a pandemic and, unbelievably, one year (1871) when there simply wasn’t a trophy available – it’s one of the great sporting traditions.
And this year it’s at the world’s most famous and venerable course, the Old Course at St Andrews, where legendary figures including Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have claimed the Claret Jug.
Record crowds of 290,000 will attend the Open this year, as golf fans flock to west Scotland to enjoy four days of thrilling, top-level golf – and many millions more will soak up the action on Sky Sports. So much depends on form, conditions and many other factors that it’s always unpredictable and exciting, so take the opportunity to join viewers around the country and the globe and immerse yourself in this great British sporting event.
Multisport: Commonwealth Games 2022
Starts Thursday 28 July, 6pm TBC, BBC One HD (CH 101) + Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer
Five thousand athletes from 72 countries will gather in Birmingham for the biggest sporting event to be staged in Britain since the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. There are 20 disciplines, from classics like cycling and swimming to new events like table tennis and wrestling, creating a true sporting jamboree for millions to enjoy live on the BBC.
British athletes will compete for their individual nations, so you can cheer on Scotland, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey, Gibraltar or the Isle of Man – or any combination you want, depending on where your loyalties lie! There’s also the chance to see some of the finest sportsmen and women from countries like Nigeria, Australia, Jamaica, Malaysia and more as the Commonwealth comes together to celebrate sport.
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