In the summer of 2015 I signed up for my first Sunday League football team.
This was probably by far the most exciting thing ever! I still vividly remember turning up to the training ground and signing the papers with my Dad. The ground looked absolutely fabulous and the seeing the big goals made me so excited!
When I was growing up, there was this park that my cousins and I would always go and play at before we could even walk. The park was always full of heaps of children that we played with and we would always be running around having the times of our lives and laughing. Then one day when we were a bit older a small junior sized astro football pitch was built at the park. The pitch was specifically built for the club who used to play there for their junior teams but it was open to the public to play on.
Football, it truly is the world game. The connection between fans and their team, a sense of feeling connected within a family of people all over the world, people who don't even know you exist but share your same joy and passion through the same team you follow. The joy experienced by billions around the world when someone scores the match winning goal or makes that last minute goal line save. The roar of the crowd that shows the level of passion people reach together as a whole through football. The passion that allows everybody to enjoy their team with others who have that exact same passion. All of the emotion that football brings to people all over the world and how it links billions together no matter who they are or where they're from is what makes football the beautiful game.