I have nothing against 'the beautiful game' – it's often the first sport to get kids moving in the playground (in my school, the boys kicked the ball and the girls ran away from the stray head-height shots) – but what I don't enjoy is the absolute saturation when a big football event is on. This year's World Cup is of course no different. All adverts feature players, packaged food is now nearly always spherical and flags decorate everything! But, despite what TV may tell you, there's far more happening in the next four weeks than just football. Here's a little taste of things to come...
QUEEN'S BATON RELAY, 14th June to 23rd July
After travelling the commonwealth for 248 days, the Queen's Baton is about to return to Scotland for the start of the XX Commonwealth Games. On Saturday it will cross the borders to start its final journey through all 32 local authorities, starting with a procession towards the beautiful city of Edinburgh. Along the way there'll be plenty of opportunities to take part in sporting and cultural events, and even a chance to spot a few sporting heroes as they complete a leg of the relay. Click here to see where and when the Queen's baton will be next.
WIMBLEDON, 26th June to 6th July
With no football last summer, the famous tennis tournament was centre stage. And rightly so, Britain watched from the edge of their seats as Andy Murray became the first man to win a singles title in 77 years. But who says he can't win it again this year? Either way, Wimbledon always promises great action from the world's top players. Have a look at the match schedule here.
TOUR DE FRANCE, UK STAGES, 5th July to 7th July
This year Le Tour comes to the UK for the first few stages of speedy cycling. We'll have the chance to line the streets from Yorkshire to London and watch for milliseconds as the group of colour whizzes by. For something that lasts a little longer, soak up the excitement at the Festival of Cycling, where campers can take part in a long list of events from time trials to movies powered by bikes. You can book tickets here.