World Cup Fever and Summer Holidays Sneaking Up on Us

World Cup Fever - Freddie Flintoff
Freddie Flintoff and Ricky Wilson singing the unofficial anthem. Image by Pokerstars

The whole family is a bit smitten with the football fever that is spreading across England. With Russia being almost in the same time zone as us, there are no night games for us to try to stay awake. Even better, none of the England games are taking place during school hours, so everyone will be able to watch without risking being too tired the next morning.

 

Two years ago, at the end of year four, Ella’s favourite sport was cricket, and a year later, it was football. Speaking of combining cricket and football, it turns out that cricket legend Freddie Flintoff and Kaiser Chiefs’ Ricky Wilson have created an unofficial England anthem for the FIFA World Cup! The tune is Boney M.’s 1970s disco hit “Rasputin” and the new lyrics pay tribute to Harry Kane, ‘the goal machine’.

 

Building on the football theme, I may try to get all the little ones interested in learning a bit more about each of the 32 countries taking part in the World Cup. I am thinking we could find the flags and print them out as well as finding out the capital, the population, languages spoken, main import and export goods, average temperatures during the year, reasons to visit as a tourist, etc. As a bonus, the flags will look incredible as bunting, helping us all to get into the right mood ahead of England’s three games in the group.

 

England’s Group Games

England has got Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in their group. The first game is against Tunisia on 18 June, and it’ll be a rough game as they are ranked just below us by FIFA. Our second game is against Panama on Sunday, 24 June. Panama is ranked as one of the weakest teams in the World Cup, so hopefully, it’ll be an easy win.

 

In the final group game on Thursday, 28 June, we play Belgium, and I am told this is set to be a difficult game. With 15 of the Belgian players playing in the Premier League, the England manager Gareth Southgate and his leadership team will know them well; and they’ll know our players.

 

Summer Bucket List

Smores
American style S-mores, the perfect campfire snack.  Photo by Unknown, CC0 Public Domain

 

When the World Cup is finished in the middle of July, the summer holidays are not far away. Realising there won’t be much time between now and then, with exams and football all happening at the same time, I have already now been looking back at Ella and KayCee’s summer bucket list for 2017. We still have a few items we never managed to do, and I am hoping we can cover them this year; together with quite a few new ones, of course. Things we never managed to do from the old list included eating ice cream and doughnuts for breakfast, eating from a food truck and making summer smoothies as well as American-style S’mores.

Sitting down with Ella and KayCee to create their summer bucket list is special each year as it means we plan for the summer break, ensuring everyone has something to look forward to doing. It also helps to have a long list of things to do when the weather may force us to make alternative plans with short notice. What are your plans for the summer?

 

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