Most sports fans would agree things haven’t quite been the same this last year. Watching our heroes perform in empty stadiums was never going to be as fun as seeing them in front of a crowd. We’ve missed it.
Of course, this summer, sport is back!
Okay, the stadiums won’t be full, but the sound of actual people cheering will be music to all our ears. If you want to wear your colours with pride, here’s everything you need to enjoy the summer’s biggest sporting spectacles (safely) with your friends and family.
It may be 2021, but if you’re a football fan, you’ll know we’re pretty much pretending the European Championships weren’t cancelled last year and we’re all going to keep calling it Euro 2020. Are we all on board with that? Good, because it’s a strong tournament for the Home Nations, and with England and Scotland even drawn in the same group, there should be plenty to cheer!
With up to three games a day, there’s nothing better than getting friends and family round, firing up the barbecue and settling in for a feast of football. Whether you’re supporting England, Scotland or Wales, let’s have a look at how you can keep your colours flying.
Fans of a certain age will remember 1996, when the Euros was last hosted in England and football “came home”. Technically there isn’t a “host” this time, because games are being played all over Europe, but with all England’s group games set to be played at Wembley, it’ll feel just like being at home!
Make sure you keep your England flags flying and get plenty of red and white plates and cups in for your burgers and beers. In particular, look out for Friday, June 18th when England v Scotland kicks off at 5pm. We think there’ll be a few of you leaving work early that day!
England’s Group Fixtures
- England v Croatia – Sunday, June 13th (2pm)
- England v Scotland – Friday, June 18th (5pm)
- England v Czech Republic – Tuesday, June 22nd (8pm)
We’re sure Scotland fans love being reminded that It’s been 23 long years since you last qualified for a major tournament. Hopefully you won’t have to wait as long next time, but you might as well make the most of this tournament while it’s here!
After dramatically qualifying via a playoff against Serbia, Scotland face a tough task getting out of a group that includes Croatia and England (a finalist and semi-finalist from the 2018 World Cup). These Scottish flags, along with a range of blue and white tableware and decorations, will help you, your family and friends feel part of the Tartan Army!
Scotland’s Group Fixtures
- Scotland v Czech Republic – Monday, June 14th (2pm)
- Scotland v England – Friday, June 18th (5pm)
- Scotland v Croatia – Tuesday, June 22nd (8pm)
Wales had a fairly decent tournament last time round, with a stunning run to the semi finals that exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. This time round, they’re in a difficult group with Italy, Switzerland and Turkey, but with the Red Wall behind them, who’s to say they can’t make the knockout stages again?
If you’re having people over, these Wales flags, along with some red, white and green decorations and tableware, wil help you get your living room or garden set up for the day.
Wales’s Group Fixtures
- Wales v Switzerland – Saturday, June 12th (2pm)
- Wales v Turkey – Wednesday, June 16th (5pm)
- Wales v Italy – Sunday, June 20th (5pm)
The Olympic & Paralympic Games
With the football all done, are you ready to cheer on Team GB at the athletics track, the velodrome and the pool? Maybe get super into a sport you previously knew nothing about?
That’s good, because the second half of your summer of sport is taken care of by the Olympics (Jul 23 – Aug 8) and Paralympics (Aug 24 – Sep 5).
Team GB are all set to do us proud once again, so make sure you wave your Union Jack flags for stars like Max Whitlock (gymnastics), Adam Peaty (swimming), Jade Jones (taekwondo), Hollie Arnold (javelin) and Gordon Reid (tennis).
Having friends over? This red, white and blue bunting is the perfect way to decorate your home or garden while you channel-hop between volleyball, table tennis, dressage and kayaking. For one month only, you’re experts in all of them!
Making the most of your summer
If all goes to plan, we’ll all hopefully have a lot more freedom this summer. We’ve got loads of ideas to help you celebrate the end of lockdown with family and friends!