This Sporting Life
Roehampton Club is a multi-sports club.
However, there are some Members who never play any sport. There are some Members who play more than one sport and do so several times a day.
Why do we play sport?
All sports players will immediately say that it is due to a combination of:
Anti-dote to work
‘Dunno – I just do it’
Let’s examine a few of these.
Judy’s diary entry for Saturday : ‘Tim very quiet and distant at supper last night. Not his normal self. I am concerned that he may have found another woman’
Tim’s diary for Saturday : ‘Terrible day. Could hardly eat a thing. Judy very talkative at supper. She seems to have no idea that I missed that putt on the 16th. How could I? OK – downhill with a left to right break but I completely messed it up. I am not the man I used to be. Need a new putter’. Or more?
Challenge – yes but leading to failure
Health – loss of appetite and low morale
Sociability – not a great meal
Fun – definitely not
Habit – not another missed downhill putt!
Avoids boredom – yes
Competitive instinct – yes, yes, yes
Non-work – should have stayed in the office
Conversational gambit – no
Dunno – ?
Yes – 4/10
No – 6/10
Tennis, croquet, squash, billiards, swimmers (not sure about them), gym bunnies – all will be able to relate to Judy and Tim.
So – why do we do it?
You see – we LOVE it!
Simple as that.
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