Each expression in this post has been shown with meaning followed by an example with a relevant picture. This blog post on “Sports Vocabulary” aims to help ESL learners and teachers in order to help improve their English.
01. an athletics meeting
Meaning: an event where various sports are held
Example: This winter, the venue staged a sell-out athletics meeting on the weekend of the second anniversary of the start the 2016 Olympics.
02. an athletics track
Meaning: a running track
Example: He has been running so fast on the athletics track.
03. an away game
Meaning: a football match played in the opposing teams stadium
Example: India lost three away games but won all the home games this year.
04. a brisk walk
Meaning: a fast walk
Example: It was ten minutes brisk walk to the hotel, and she was waiting on the corner as Ravi approached.
05. to do judo
Meaning: (not go or play)
Example: I do judo twice a week and play cricket in the winter.
06. a football fan
Meaning: someone who likes football
Example: My brother is a great football fans, he never misses any game.
07. a fitness program
Meaning: a schedule of activities to keep fit
Example: I inquired about a fitness progamme at Reform Gym, it was quite expensive in price.
08. a football match
Meaning: a game of football
Example: A football match is likely to be arranged between Holy Public School and Rising Star Public School.
09. a football pitch
Meaning: the surface on which you play football
Example: The ground staffs are working really hard to repair the football pitch.
10. a football season
Meaning: a period in the year when football is played
Example: I may go to Europe to enjoy the new football season starting in May.
11. to get into shape
Meaning: to become fit
Example: Indian players have got to get into shape before the upcoming ODI series against Australia.
12. to go jogging
Meaning: to run around the streets
Example: He goes jogging every morning and works out with weights once a week.
13. a home game
Meaning: a football match played in the teams own stadium
Example: India will be playing a home game against WI on February 28.
14. to keep fit
Meaning: to stay in good physically condition
Example: Rahud Dravid kept himself fit all the time during his career.
15. to be out of condition
Meaning: to not be physically fit
Example: Yuvraj Singh has been out of condition for several weeks due to thigh injury.
16. a personal best
Meaning: to achieve the best personal result so far in a sport
Example: Ishant Shrama has achieved his personal best with the figure 18-08-57-07, his previous best was 23-10-87-05.
17. a personal trainer
Meaning: a sports coach that helps you on a one-to-one basis
Example: My boss needs a personal trainer for Yoga.
18. to play tennis/football
Meaning: (not do or go)
Example: My youngest daughter is keen on playing tennis in the evenings.
19. to run the marathon
Meaning: to run a distance of 42.195 Kilometres
Example: My father and I have decided to run the marathon this year.
20. a season ticket
Meaning: a ticket that gives you entry to most of a team’s home games during the sporting year
Example: My friend has a season ticket for all Manchester United’s games.
21. to set a record
Meaning: to achieve the best result in a sport
Example: AB de Villiers set a record of the fastest century in ODI.
22. a sports centre
Meaning: a public sports where people can do various sports
Example: A number of retired players still work at the local sports centre.
23. sports facilities
Meaning: the equipment and services needed to do a sport
Example: The National Sports Academy offers a wide range of sports facilities.
24. a squash/tennis/badminton court
Meaning: the surface where you play these sports
Example: There are a few squash and tennis courts that I use often for practice.
25. strenuous exercise
Meaning: exercise that needs a lot of physical effort
Example: Players have to go through strenuous exercise before any football match.
26. a strong swimmer
Meaning: a good swimmer
Meaning: Michael Phelops was known as the strongest swimmer in the 2006 Olympics.
27. a swimming pool
Meaning: the place where you swim
Meaning: This hotel offers unlimited access to the swimming pool.
28. to take up exercise
Meaning: to start doing exercise
Meaning: Steve Smith took up exercise in order to get into shape before the match against England.
29. to train hard
Meaning: to train with a lot of effort
Meaning: I think Mohammad Amir did not train hard before the test series against Australia.