How you can support England at Euro 2012
So Euro 2012 has kicked off and England got a well deserved point in their first game against France on Monday 11 June. With expectations lower than usual it seems the nation’s best footballers can play with less pressure on their shoulders and this might just be the key to unlocking the success that we have craved for the last 40 years.
So now is the time to get supporting and get behind the team as they attempt to bring a trophy home for the first time since 1966. But how can you show your support for your team?
Go to the pub
Large sporting events like the Euros are the perfect excuse to go to the pub. When England are playing your local will be full of avid supporters cheering their side on, so why not head on down and get involved? The atmosphere will be buzzing and if England win then the celebrations can go on throughout the night. It might be worth booking yourself a babysitter!
Get the flag
Whenever England are playing in an international competition the St George’s Cross is everywhere, so get involved. You can buy a large one and hang it down the front of your home, or you could buy those smaller flags that you can attach to the side of your car. You can even be creative and mow your lawn into the shape of the flag or temporarily paint your house up in the red and white of England.
Throw a party
If you can’t make it to the pub to watch the games, then why not watch them at home on your own TV? You can invite a load of friends over and make a party of it. Serve up some traditional food and drink, listen to your favourite English music and then all sit down to watch the game. Then afterwards your party can go one of two ways, you could all drown your sorrows, or drink to the victory... Obviously if we draw then you might end up being a bit nonplussed, but hey, a party is a party!
Run a sweepstake at work
You can run a sweepstake at work where everyone pulls a team out of the hat and the person who pulls the winning team out is crowned the champion at the end of the competition. This is great as people who aren’t interested in the competition can follow it with an amount of interest and can show support for the team they pulled out of the hat.
You could arrange a number of games with your colleagues at work. Split everyone up into teams, assign each team a nation that is competing at the Euros, and enter them all into a number of party games. At the end of the competition the winning team can be crowned the office champions. You can even hold a grand final come the end of the competition and make a small trophy for the winners. you could split teams into departments or choose them randomly. The games can vary in each round, you could hold a quiz, do a limbo competition or any other games that you can play in your office.
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