Are you the proud parent of a sports-mad child? If so, then a sports-filled weekend will certainly make you a very popular parent. We have not long seen the World Cup capture the imagination of the world, and we no doubt we will see similar scenes for the next major global sporting event, which will be the Olympic Games, in two years’ time.
To children, sports stars are god-like – with posters sprawled across bedroom walls, attempting to recreate the skills that they see them do on television and shouting their names in the playground. So, could you imagine the excitement on their face if they got to watch their heroes live? Playing in some of the most iconic stadiums in the world?
London – The UK’s Sporting Mecca
If it is big-time sporting events that you want, then London is the place to be. With incredible stadiums such as Wembley, Twickenham and Lord’s serving as just a snapshot of the awe-inspiring venues that you can find in the English capital.
With the national teams all based in the city, as well as major clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Chelsea, Harlequins, Saracens amongst others, there no shortage of elite sport to enjoy. In England, football is by far and away the most popular sport and, in London, there are no fewer than six Premier League clubs (seven if you include Watford) in the Premier League. Those are:
- West Ham United
- Crystal Palace
With these clubs based in different areas around London, wherever you are, you are likely to be close to the action. Ticket prices vary depending on which club you are interested in seeing, so it will be worth researching where you can find the cheapest ticket, if you don’t have any preference as to which club you watch.
Staying in London
London prices are famously high, which is to be expected in the heart of the metropolitan bubble. While you can find reasonably priced hotels and B&BS, they are not to everyone’s likening, which is why those that can afford to invest in fractional ownership.
Of course, not everyone has that option, which is why websites such as Airbnb have proven to be highly popular. With the option to book a room in someone’s property, or rent an entire house for a short period of time, there is something to suit all budgets.
Meet and Greets
There is often the opportunity for fans to get up close and personal with the stars. Often, some clubs hold open training sessions where fans can meet players – where they can ask for pictures, any autographs or just to have a chat.
One thing that many clubs, especially football and rugby clubs, offer are matchday mascot packages. This is where children can walk out alongside the players before the start of the games. Usually, the children will be given a tour of the stadium beforehand, meet with all the players and given complimentary tickets to watch the game.
Making a Weekend of it
With so many sporting venues in the city, it is not completely out of the question that you could fit in two or three events in the same weekend – although you will be more than ready for bed when you get back home!
London’s fantastic transportation links make getting backwards forwards as easy as anything, meaning that you can leave the car at home! With all-day travel cards available for a small fee, you can experience all that London has to offer with your child(ren) and make memories that will last a lifetime.