5 Great Sports Documentaries To Watch On A Cold Night

5 Great Sports Documentaries To Watch On A Cold Night

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We’re well and truly out of summer now. The clocks will soon be going back, the nights drawing in, and the weather turning cold.

And as we try to stay warm and keep ourselves occupied, what better way to pass the time on a long winter’s evening than to get drawn into an interesting documentary.

Of course, here at Jesmond Pool & Gym we have a certain bias towards all things fitness, health, and sports related. And since we’ve already shared 6 documentaries to inspire a fit and healthy lifestyle, we thought we’d focus more specifically on sports today.

With that said, let us share with you 5 great documentaries perfect for a cold winter’s night.


Andy Murray: Resurfacing

This documentary follows Andy Murray, British tennis superstar, from 2017 – 2019, chronicling his struggles with injury, surgery, and returning to the sport. Very inspiring.

Watch it on Amazon Prime.


All Or Nothing: Manchester City

Relive the season of 2017-18 when Manchester City won the premier League title. This film takes us behind the scenes and gives an insight into how to team worked and played.

Watch it on Amazon Prime.


Last Chance U

The first season of this fascinating and thrilling series focusses on the East Mississippi Community College football programme, following the team as they try to prove themselves at make it into the big leagues. It’s a fantastic watch even for people completely unfamiliar with American Football.

Watch it on Netflix. 



Ever wondered what it’s like to be a cheerleader? How hard it is? How competitive? If you’ve never considered cheerleading to be a sport, then give this one a watch – it might change your mind.

Watch it on Netflix.


Tyson -The Movie

This man needs little introduction, because it’s difficult to anyone who’s unfamiliar with his name and his legacy. But no matter how well you think you know him, watching a film about Mike Tyson’s life, with the man himself as narrator, can’t fail to be exciting and interesting.

Watch it on Amazon Prime.

From the screen to the page

When you’re done binge watching any or all of the above, and you feel like you need a screen-break, why not take a look at these 10 fantastic books on swimming, sports, and fitness!



Returning To The Pool: A User’s Guide

Returning To The Pool: A User’s Guide

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With the reopening of pools around the country, many people are breathing a sigh of relief at the prospect of getting back into the water after so many months. But safety concerns are still paramount, and it’s essential for both users and operators to take the necessary steps to keep everybody safe.

To help us all make a smooth transition back into the water, Swim England has released a series of guidance documents outlining safety tips and “robust recommendations for operators, casual swimmers, lane swimming, family-fun sessions, club activity, teachers and those attending swimming lessons.”

To provide a brief overview of these guidelines we thought we’d share some of Swim England’s insights and recommendations with you. But for PDF downloads of the full documents you can visit their website.

Leaving and returning home

According to Swim England it’s best to reduce the time spent in changing rooms as much as possible. One way of achieving this is to arrive at the pool swim ready, wearing your costume underneath your clothes, so you can get into the pool as briskly as possible.

It’s also recommended to take a shower at home before and after your swim. This again lowers the time you’ll spend in the changing rooms.

Swim England also point out that it’s a good idea to take hand sanitiser with you. And, of course, they emphasise that you avoiding entering any facilities if you’re showing any symptoms of Covid-19.

At the facility

The general advice given here is to follow the operator’s guidance on all safety measures, from social distancing to direction of travel whilst swimming.

Swim England also emphasises the use of hand sanitiser wherever it’s made available.

Respecting fellow swimmers

In the guidelines Swim England makes a point of reminding us to always be respectful of, and patient with, our fellow swimmers. They remind us that not all swimmers in the pool will be of the same ability, and so we must be conscious of other people’s rights to enjoy swimming at their own pace.

Further to this, they emphasise that we refrain from overtaking anyone in the pool, and always check to see if anyone faster is approaching before pushing off at a turn.


For many people, taking regular breaks is an important and enjoyable part of their swim. The guidance offered here is, primarily, to remain mindful of others. Swim England recommend keeping yourself to the edge of the lane, with your head facing away, so that others can turn and pass without violating social distancing measures.

More resources

For more information on how to keep yourself safe and healthy in the pool, take a look at Swim England’s coronavirus FAQs page, which is “being regularly updated to reflect the latest advice from gov.ukWorld Health Organisation (WHO), and Public Health England (PHE)”.