Not everyone loves sport, and that’s OK. It seems like there are two categories of people in life. There are those who can’t get enough of anything sport-related, attending football and rugby games, screaming at the referee, and following their team religiously. And then there are those who couldn’t care less and don’t get what all the fuss is about.

But if you fall into the latter category, there are many reasons you might want to make an effort to get into it. Sports is a hugely social affair, and it can really bring people together. There are few things in life more enjoyable than sitting around the television watching an important game with all your loved ones by your side. Or watching a football match in a packed stadium with a hot dog and beer in your hand.

Perhaps you have a partner who plays a sport and you want to be able to support them as best you can. Or maybe you want to make the most of your time at university by joining a team. Whatever your reasons, don’t feel it is a lost cause. There are ways to ease yourself into the sporting life and actually start to enjoy it.

Here are a few tips to start you on your journey.

Find a sport you love

It seems like society has an unwritten rule that says boys should like football and girls should settle for netball, gymnastics, or dance. But this is a load of rubbish. The recent Euros win for the England women’s football team proves that anyone can do whatever sport they want. There are so many different options out there, you don’t need to force yourself to enjoy the things your friends like. Find a sport that makes you happy.

Maybe you are keen to give swimming a go, or try your hand at racquet sports like tennis, badminton, and squash. You could even go a little more out there with activities like rock climbing, kickboxing, or water polo. Try taster sessions for various sports at your place of education and see what takes your fancy. If you look hard enough you’ll find something for you.

Pick a team

It can’t be hard to get into sport if you don’t have anyone to support. Having a team to root for makes watching games and matches so much enjoyable, as you actually feel invested in the game. Otherwise, it’s just watching people you don’t care about kick a ball around for ninety minutes. You could choose a team who are local to you, or base your decision on their values and playing style. If you’re unsure, just ask your more sporty friends for advice

Dress the part

Once you’ve found your team, you need to commit to your decision. Buy the kit, put posters up on your wall, and go all out in your support. You can even design your own sportswear with STC Teamwear!

Hopefully these tips will help you discover your love for sport and find a new source of happiness in your life.