Wednesday 26 October 2016

Off The Ball: Give the gift of live sport and inspire a love of the game

Ger Gilroy

Published 16/12/2015 | 02:30

Why not give a season ticket to rugby, soccer, or GAA this Christmas?
Why not give a season ticket to rugby, soccer, or GAA this Christmas?

We're a couple of weeks away yet from your resolutions having to harden into something that you're happy talking about.

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It's gift season too, particularly for those of us of an age to still be lying to ourselves that we can change our lives significantly.

The new runners you're getting from a well-intending significant other, that gym membership which will be the worst investment since Irish bank shares, those self-help books to add to the shelf of pristine copies from previous years, the shiny golf toy that needs batteries you just can't get, it's the season for well-intended road-to-hell presents.

So this year why not give the gift of live sport? I'm not talking about a tv subscription either, or an iPad to watch it on.


Buy a season ticket for your nearest sports team, whatever sport and bring the kids or your mates in the rain and the wind and remind them that sport isn't on the gogglebox exclusively.

For rugby fans, now is a great time to get on board, the bandwagons have left and the hardcore will be delighted you've shown up. Just don't boo.

The GAA have done great season-ticket deals in recent years and you know your local League of Ireland team needs you.

Nothing embeds a love of sport like being at a competitive game. That's a gift worth getting and giving.

Maybe you don't even need to buy a season ticket so much as make the commitment to yourself that this year you'll show up.

That's half the battle in any sport anyway.


Irish Independent

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