Whether you’re backing the underdog or the national team, this summer is a bumper one for sport.
From the Olympic Games – the biggest sporting event on the planet, and the UEFA European Championships held every four years, to the FA Cup Final, Wimbledon, the US Golf Open and the Tour de France. There’s plenty to satisfy the sports mad among you.
There’s no better excuse for summer get-togethers with your friends! Prepare yourself for game day with this winning combination of tips…
Know What’s On When & Open Your Mind to Everything
Champion your beloved team, by all means, but with so much sport on the telly this summer, why not watch something new?
- Get into the spirit of Rio’s Olympic Games! Celebrate the opening ceremony Brazilian style on Friday 5th August, watch Usain Bolt’s last ever dash for Olympic glory, and enjoy 42 sports, from archery and athletics, to taekwondo, diving and tennis, until Sunday 21st August.
- The oldest association football competition in the world, The Emirate’s FA Cup Final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United, ends with a bang on Saturday 21st May.
- Cheer on the England Squad during the UEFA European Championships, when Wayne Rooney leads their fight through Group B – with matches against Russia, Wales and Slovakia.
Know How to Watch It
We’ve explained how to haggle a better deal with Sky, but did you know that you can watch Sky Sports without a contract if you own a Now TV box? Only pay to watch the sport you want, when you like – on up to four devices, from Mac and mobile, to tablet and TV.
You can also activate the BT Sport Pack on your existing Sky box set for as little as £5 a month. It’s the only way to watch UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League live on your telly.
Have Snacks on the Go
Fancy filling up? Uncross your fingers for a second, and tuck into nachos, chicken wings, and mini pizzas – your classic sports finger foods. They’re far cheaper at home than in the stadium!
Tailor your eats to your sport, with an ASDA football party cake, fresh picked strawberries for Wimbledon, and good old American hot dogs during the US Golf Open.
Brazil, home of this summer’s Rio Olympic Games, is world famous for its BBQ. So have your own while the athletes hit their stride on the TV. Tesco have a mammoth 29 piece BBQ pack, full of beef burgers, sausages and oriental chicken wings, while Marks & Spencer’s Louisiana Barbecue Chicken Flatties come highly recommended.
Seats for All
The biggest sports fans among you will hardly have their bums on seats, what with all the leaping and cheering. But you shouldn’t make your mates sit on the floor. Inflatable chairs are easily hidden away until the next big game, while deck chairs fold away nicely – find both on Amazon.
Toast the Victories
When it comes to keeping the drinks flowing during the match, you can always rely on the supermarkets. Keep an eye out for drinks offers at your local supermarket. Make sure you have all the fruity ingredients for a Pimms – ready for when Andy Murray springs into action on home turf.
On the beer front you can’t go wrong with cans of Kronenburg, Calsburg, and bottles of Leffe Blonde – all left to chill in a bucket of ice.
Get Kitted Out
What’s a sports event without flags on your house, in your garden and on your face? Grab face paint from Superdrug for a simple but effective St. George’s flag down your nose, or your team colours on both cheeks. Or go all out in fancy dress.
Very have everything your future footballer needs, with a complete Nike England home kit for the kids. As well as official Manchester United or England shirts for the grown-ups, for example. All of which can be worn long after the big day.
Encourage a Bit of Friendly Competition
Why not set your team a challenge while watching the beautiful game? You could have an Xbox FiFa tournament on the go, a sweepstake or a Kickmaster Ultimate Football challenge from Very in the garden – to test your own football talent. Hand ASDA‘s cheap and cheerful trophies to the winners, or their gold medals to your Olympic Games’ party guests for a bit of fun.
When you watch live sport at home, you have the best seat in the house – with instant replay and snacks galore, it’s like having your own private box, right? Whether your dream team wins or loses, you’re bound to have a great day of it, cheering them on with your mates and family from the comfort of your own home.