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Admittedly, there’s not a lot I know about football. I do however know that when referring to the international game, one should call it football not soccer. I know that when you support a team, it’s usually for life. And I know the off-side rule (this was once explained to me using female shoppers as an example).
And I know that Luis Suarez of Liverpool might be controversial on-field, but seems like a pretty rad dad – I even wrote a blog post about him here after the birth of his second child.
What I now know too is that the Barclays English Premier League is hosting a two-day fanpark (for FREE!) on Saturday and Sunday at The Zoo Lake in Joburg. Even if football isn’t your thing, the event is being touted as family friendly, and there’s lots to do aside from watch the five matches being screened on giant screens. It’s also a good opportunity for kids to get some fresh air, and learn and practise some ball skills.
There are various “zones” for visitors, for example:
The Trophy Zone – where you can see the Barclays Premier League Trophy)
The Pitch Zone – with a mini-football pitch where Barclays Premier League clubs will be conducting skills sessions with local football teams, and there will also be the chance for young fans to have a game of football run by Premier League community coaches.
The Skills Zone – supporters can test their test their accuracy, close control and shooting power.
There will also be local and international football greats that you could meet, such as Mark Fish, Lucas Radebe and Robbie Fowler (here’s one more thing I know about football – Fowler is also known as “God”).
Important factors for me – there will be security, food and drinks stands, and toilets. The fanpark opens on Saturday and Sunday at midday, and ends on Saturday at 10pm (activations close at 9.30pm) and on Sunday at 8pm (activations close at 7.30pm).
- 14:45 – Manchester United v Aston Villa
- 17:00 – Chelsea v Crystal Palace
- 19:30 – Arsenal v Manchester City
- 14:30 – Fulham v Everton
- 17:00 – Liverpool v Tottenham
South African fans can keep up with the latest developments about Barclays Premier League Live at the website and should also look out for Twitter updates. Hashtags for any English Premier League fanpark tweets are #BPLLive and #Youarefootball