Football is a huge part of many people’s lives. In 2022, there were a whopping 15-million spectators at Premier League games in the UK alone. While some fans are fortunate enough to be amongst the crowds at most of their team’s games, not everyone gets the opportunity to do this. This could be own to distance (especially at away games), financial restraints, ticket availability or a lack of time.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be a die-hard fan outside the stadium. Each and every fan can add to the spirit of a club however they like. Here are a few ways you can support your team outside the games themselves.
Buying and wearing merchandise is an obvious way to show support your team. If you opt for a shirt, you can represent the club, as well as your favourite player in your day-to-day. It also means you can simultaneously help to fund the club. You can get all kinds of merchandise, from shirts to footballs, scarves to books and other memorabilia. Sometimes member and season ticket holders get discounts, so keep an eye out for any perks before you commit to a purchase.
On the TV or at the pub
Having friends round to watch a match on TV is a great way to support your team. You can get into the spirit, spurring them on together. Alternatively, a trip to the pub will mean you can soak up even more of the atmosphere – even better if your pub of choice has a loyal fanbase. Checking in on social media in the breaks will also mean you can check out other fan commentary and add to the discussion using relevant hashtags.
Volunteer or donate if it’s a small team
A survey found that 41% of respondents volunteered at least once a month between 2020 and 2021. It’s a great thing to do either way but doing it for a football team you’re passionate about can be hugely rewarding. Plus, it’s a good opportunity to mingle with fellow fans and help make a difference to the club. You may even get additional perks if you’re lucky.
Learn the history and traditions
Taking the time you understand the history of the club means you can truly appreciate their journey. It means you can celebrate those niche wins and it’ll add to the excitement of the games you watch either in person or on TV. Knowledge of the club is a brilliant way to spark conversations with fellow fans – you may even bond with colleagues or new acquaintances over it.
Do you have any other suggestions on how to support your team? Leave them in the comments down below!
Published by HOLR Magazine.