10 Great Sports Documentaries To Watch On A Cold Christmas Night

10 Great Sports Documentaries To Watch On A Cold Christmas Night

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Christmas time is here once again. And though many of us will try to keep fit and active (at least a little bit…) throughout the festive season, there’s no denying that it’s a particularly restful and relaxing time of year.

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 a compelling documentary?

Of course, here at Jesmond Pool & Gym we have a certain bias towards all things fitness, health, and sports related. So with that said, we thought we’d share 10 great sports documentaries perfect for winter watching. Enjoy!


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.

The Last Dance

Michael Jordan is hailed as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Certainly he’s one of the most famous. This 10-part documentary series takes viewers through Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ quest for a sixth NBA Championship in 1998. Described by Vulture as “the greatest sports documentary ever produced”. This is one to watch if you haven’t already.

Watch it on Netflix. 


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. 

Last Chance U: Basketball

If the 5 seasons of Last Chance U have left you wanting more, worry not. The team behind the fantastically compelling series are back with a basketball-focussed version of the documentary. Following the East Los Angeles College Huskies, it takes a deep dive into the world of community college basketball.

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.

Drive To Survive

For anyone with any interest whatsoever in Formula 1, this series is absolutely not to be missed. Following the lives, both on and off the track, of today’s F1 drivers, Drive To Survive reveals the ins-and-outs of this high-octane sport in incredible detail.

Watch it on Netflix.


Pelé is widely recognised as one of the most legendary icons in the history of football. This compelling film chronicles his rise to becoming the “King of Football” amidst a turbulent era in Brazilian history. Whether you like the sport or not, it’s incredibly interesting to watch the extraordinary career of one of the all-time great footballers unfold before your eyes.

Watch it on Netflix.

Sunderland ‘Til I Die

A controversial inclusion, perhaps, but it would be wrong of us to exclude a documentary that, in the grand scheme of the world, is so close to home. No matter who you support, or how you feel about the team in question, this documentary does a great job of showing how football can sometimes be more than a sport, and can ultimately hold a community together.

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)”.