Do you love football? do your kids love it even more? Does it cost a small fortune for you and your family to go just a single match in the Premiership? Well whilst the football season might just about be coming to a finish, there are some places – even in London ! – where you and your family can watch football without having to resort to a small mortgage every other week!!!
With individual tickets to Arsenal, Spurs or Chelsea normally £60 each and often no concessions, it can get very expensive if you and your children support Premier or even Championship teams. Whilst my 9 year old son does support Spurs, he’s pretty happy seeing football players after the match, getting photo’s and often autographs . . . . although these are the “stars” of a slightly less glamorous team - Barnet F.C.
But you see goals, a reasonable atmosphere and often the chance to meet players – what more could children want!!?? I go most weeks with 3 of my children – all 10 and under. It costs me less than £20 a match for the 4 of us !! I do have a membership – equivalent to a season ticket, but even if you didn’t, an adult ticket is £20, with children £5 each. They also do a family ticket which is £39 for 2 adults and 2 children.
It’s true it’s not quite like seeing Gareth Bale or Mesut Ozil, but there are really enjoyable matches and for the last 2 seasons even the chance to meet and experience a European star like Edgar Davids playing for the Bees.
The family atmosphere – and certainly their new facilities at The Hive, Edgware, are well worth a visit and mean you can go to the Sports Bar before or after the game for lunch or dinner.
There are many families who attend – some like me who went themselves in their teens – in the Barry Fry/Stan Flashman heydays, or those that have been priced out of Arsenal or Spurs, but with the Bees looking for promotion back to the Football League, you’re sure to be entertained.
They also run Saturday morning football coaching or on Half term holidays – again at The Hive. The great thing is that it’s all on astro turf, so when it’s not summer, you don’t have kids coming back full of muddy kits!!! At £35 for 6 sessions or £8 a time, it seems pretty good value to me – although I confess, I’m not sure what other community schemes charge . . but they run Saturday AM sessions for 1.5 hours and the kids seem to really get confidence and enjoy it. There’s often up to 60 kids from 3 to 12 yrs and again often give kids the opportunity to meet players, go to matches at special rates – and of course all the coaches are F.A accredited. Again with all the facilities at The Hive open, you can go into the Sports Bar or join the Gym as the kids get coached !!
I know it sounds like I work for the club, but to me, again it’s a bit more family orientated and a little less money orientated of schemes you often see for the Premiership clubs, where everything is focused on the revenue opportunities – rather than just a simple opportunity for kids to play football, enjoy it in the shadow of the club they follow !!!