There is no doubt about it – we are a nation of sports lovers. We grow up fighting on the school yard over who supports the ‘better team’, we try to emulate our favourite players in the local park and some of our most treasured and fond memories revolve around watching sport with our nearest and dearest. Here we take a look at the many benefits of watching sports.
There is something about sport that brings people together. No matter where you come from, what you believe in or who you support, there is a ready made family of sports lovers for you to enjoy being a part of. When summer comes around and it is time for the World Cup and the Euros, the nation unites and bonds (usually over losses and disappointment) as we line the streets and city squares to join together and enjoy the hope and excitement that our favourite sporting competitions never fail to offer. We wear the badges of our clubs on our chests with pride, and there is also a smile and a nod shared with those dressed in the same colours.
When we spend our time watching the biggest and the best sports stars doing their thing every weekend many of us make a commitment to our own health and fitness. Following the London 2012 Olympic Games, there was a surge in the number of people out and about pounding the pavements and running their way to fitness. Seeing others enjoy exercise and benefit from it is often enough to spur us into action that improves our own lives. When people talk about the legacy of the games, it is not the buildings and the infrastructure that they refer to, but to the improved health of many of us and the increase in the number of adults and children who are taking their fitness into their own hands. Sport, especially football, also calls us to other actions like charity work and fundraising, and there are many people who engage in grassroots football as a result of watching their favourite team play each week.
As well as watching our favourite teams and sportspeople win and succeed, watching sports also offers us all with big betting opportunities. With this in mind, it is important to make sure you are with the right bookie and if not, finding a new bookmaker is key to your betting success. Watching sport has always been enjoyable and lucrative for those who love to watch and wager, but with the advent of in-play betting and the multitude of apps available out there to support your live betting, it couldn’t be easier or more enjoyable. In-play betting makes watching sport even more enjoyable and exciting than ever. For the nation of sports lovers that we are, in-play betting was always set to become popular and add to the events that we already love.
No matter what is happening in the world, and no matter what is happening in your life, watching sport gives everyone a means for escape. None of us ever want to go back to the dark days of the start of the COVID pandemic when we were confined to our houses without even the enjoyment of sport to entertain us. A life without sport is dull and stressful. Watching a match between two teams playing with their hearts on their sleeves and fire in their bellies can become immersive and help us to forget our woes- for ninety minutes, at least.