North Yorkshire is home to several football clubs, including Middlesbrough who play in the Championship and York City who play in League Two. Whitby Town FC have reached the FA cup first round seven times, and have played the likes of Hull City, Wigan and Plymouth Argyle, they currently play in the Evo-Stik Premier league.
No notable rugby union teams hail from the county but York City Knights are a rugby league team and play in the Rugby League Championship.
North Yorkshire is home to many racecourses; these include Catterick Bridge, Redcar, Ripon and Thirsk. It also has one motor racing circuit, Croft Circuit; the circuit holds meetings of the British Touring Car Championship, British Superbike and Pickup Truck Racing race series.
Yorkshire County Cricket Club, play a number of fixtures at North Marine Road, Scarborough.
The ball game Rock-It-Ball was developed in the county.
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