1 March 2018

Creating Amazing Memories Through A Love Of Rugby

Well, I hope you are all enjoying the 6 Nations coverage from the last few weeks - I know I am.
The Scottish beat us - which is more than a little gutting - but I'm still quite upbeat about the rest of the games England has lined up and I'm sure they can go unbeaten from now on and finish in the top spot.

I know watching the games on the TV isn't quite the same as being there in person, enjoying some of the Twickenham Hospitality but I will take watching it in HD on my 50-inch curved screen TV for now but I'm hoping that one day soon I will have the opportunity to head down to the stadium with my son and share some great, amazing, live rugby memories with him watching brilliant England. 

If you follow me on any of my social channels then you will already know that I am a massive rugby fan and still do play from time to time, well when I can find the time away from work that is.
But even if I don't manage to play myself I still get my rugby to fix each and every week because my twelve-year-old son plays both codes all year round.

He plays League throughout the Summer and then Union during the Winter and he's been doing this since he was about five - so that's a lot of rugby watching.

However, throughout all of this time, he's never been all that interested in sitting down to actually watch the game and he doesn't really follow a team either.

In fact, the only time we really get to watch games live, where he is really enthralled and into the game is when we go on our annual "lads and dads" rugby tour, and on Saturday - which will be the 3rd of March - we will be heading off on this year's trip.
We are Leicester bound first and then on Sunday, we will be going to watch the Wasps vs London Irish.

Maybe one day I'll get to go on a "daughter and dads" tour too - Willow loves playing with Charlie's rugby ball and sometimes even asks us to put "RUG-A-BIE" on tv too.

I'm all for her getting involved and her Mum will let her follow any path she wishes hobby-wise...although I think she's hoping there will be pink and tutus involved in the sporting activity Willow chooses to pursue...

Anyway, during our previous year's tours, we have been down to watch Worster and have also travelled up North to watch the Newcastle Falcons, both of which were fantastic experiences and I have learnt a lot of things from them both. 

One of the main points was that you really have to wrap up warm and wear plenty of layers on tour, and this is definitely going to be the case this year due to all of the snow The Beast From The East delivered to us and especially seeing as how the temperatures have been hitting the -6 mark over the last few days. 

Another tip I picked up was if you are travelling with a group of kids (as we obviously do) then make sure there is a really good selection of sweets and snacks on hand.
I know some stadiums do not allow you to take your own in but it's definitely worth checking out before you head to the match because it can cost you an arm and leg just for a few treats in the stands.

This year though, I know for sure that I will be taking a lot more photos of the whole weekend.
It's one thing I have forgotten to do the last few games I have been to with my boy and it's missing memories that can never be reclaimed.

I am a firm believer of when you spend time with your special ones there is nothing more important than capturing the moment forever, then the moment is saved, accessible to look at and talk over again and again.

Priceless really.

Are you going to any of the games this year?
If not, what is your favourite memory of going to a game in the past?
Let me know in the comment section below.


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