Here’s to a great British summer of sport
So Roy’s boys were eliminated from Euro 2012 on Sunday night and given their lacklustre performance, rightly so. Yet while I was disappointed by the national teams display against Italy in the quarter finals, I was elated by the way in which the beautiful game brought people of both sexes and all ages together.
Even people with only a passing interest in football, felt the sense of national expectation in the air and stopped to ask strangers on the street, the score.
This is the joy not only of football but of athletics, golf, tennis, swimming, in short – all sports. Sport has the power to bring people from all walks of life together; to create a sense of belonging and in this busy, bustling and often lonely, world that we live in this is surely something to be celebrated.
The Euros might be over for England but Wimbledon is underway and the London 2012 Olympic Games now less than a month away. Will Murray mount explode with celebratory fans on July 7? Will Jessica Ennis et al strike gold at the games? We can only hope but what we can rejoice in, is the collective ‘group’ experience of rooting for our national athletes.
There’s been a lot of scepticism (something we Brits do well) over the Olympic Games but the venues have been built and under (the revised) budget and it’s time to cast aside any cynicism and simply enjoy a summer of spectacular sporting entertainment…