Win a Barclays Premier League soccer ball (awesome for young and old)

May 18, 2015

I must be honest that until 2010, I didn’t really watch football, mainly because I didn’t really understand the rules, and particularly, the offside rule.

And then I discovered this, which explained it perfectly:


Since then, I’ve become more interested in the game (and no, it’s not because of the many gorgeous players with tattoos) because it’s energetic, fast-paced and keeps me on the ball, literally (it’s one of those sports that don’t make me check Twitter or Instagram for more entertainment or distraction).

I can’t claim to support any Premier League team religiously or fanatically (and we know those people do exist), I’d probably align myself with Liverpool. It’s a team my dad supported and which I grew up watching. As a late bloomer in sports (participating and viewing), I *only* watched my first Barclays Premier League football match around two years ago, when I dated a Liverpool-obsessed fan.

Yes, I had heard of people missing running Comrades marathon to attend the Barclays Premier League final, and I knew of people who fought others on Twitter to defend their teams, but as they say, better late than never.

At my first match, held at a pub, I was too shy to wear Liverpool colours – I worried that if I appeared like a fan, someone would ask me what I thought of the starting lineup, or share an inside joke or handshake that I wouldn’t get.

I pretty much took my cue from the ardent fans there who cheered, sighed, grimaced and clapped, and it was a memorable experience, from the spirit of the fans, to the heated and paced match. They say you never forgot your first, and I haven’t.

I’ll also never forget how it sparked more of an interest in Barclays Premier League football, and while I won’t contribute to Monday-morning discussions at work about the weekend results, my ears are still open.


If you’re a football fan, or know of someone who is, it’s good to know that Absa is giving away 19 trips to watch your favourite BPL team play live in the UK. Watch the video, or go to the Absa site for more info.

To enter to win a football (for you, your kids, or your partner)

Simply tweet me, and mention what you (or your kids) love about football. You can enter as many times as you’d like.

Tweet: Hi @TanyaKovarsky @absa, what I love about football is _______ #MyFirstGame

Or copy and paste this into a tweet: Hi @TanyaKovarsky @absa, what I love about football is _______ #MyFirstGame

This giveaway closes on Thursday 21 May at 9am, after which the winner will be announced on Twitter. The giveaway is open to any South African resident.

Please note that the prize might differ to the football in the image




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  • Aimee Justine Le Roux

    OMGoodness! This would be amazing for my boyfriend! We are such die hard Liverpool fans! Even though our team is not doing so great this season, we still support them. YNWA!
    I know if I won this ball for him, we would go play in the park with our baby daughter. *YAAAY!*

    May 18, 2015 at 7:31 am Reply
  • Jenny

    i love the atmosphere, the energy & just the game itself

    May 18, 2015 at 7:38 am Reply
  • ailsaloudon

    Would love to win for my grandsons!

    May 18, 2015 at 9:04 am Reply
  • Carolyn Augustus

    My hubby would love this

    May 18, 2015 at 10:04 am Reply
  • kamilah francis

    My sons are crazy about football and so is my grandsons!

    May 19, 2015 at 11:26 am Reply
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