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The power of sport

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The weather wasn’t the greatest on Tuesday and Lia and I ended up watching some television after lunch. As usual, she asked to watch Paw Patrol and I grumbled a bit and turned it on for her. But then something brilliant happened. Something went wrong with Netflix and Paw Patrol froze. As I was trying to get it back for her, I flicked the channel over to Wimbledon. And miraculously, Lia decided she’d rather watch the tennis than Paw Patrol. I’ll take that as a parenting win.

A few facts about Wimbledon

Wimbledon is where Lawn Tennis began, with the first tournament taking place 140 years ago. Back then, it was a small affair with only 200 people watching the final. They each paid a shilling to watch, and the winner was Spencer Gore.

These days, Wimbledon tickets are somewhat more sought after. It is of course televised throughout the world too, as the most prestigious Grand Slam tournament. In 2013 when Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic in the final, 17.29 million people were watching from all over the world.

Power players

I have been fascinated to read the statistics from First Utility about the amount of energy used at Wimbledon. To put it in context, most people aim for 10,000 steps per day. This burns around 400 to 500 calories. In comparison, the players in the men’s singles final will burn around 2174 calories between them during the match.

And for anyone who would rather watch tennis on the television, you’ll be interested to know that 21 men’s single’s finals could power an LED television for a year. The statistic that shocked me the most was that one women’s final could charge a smartphone for a year. I think I need someone to invent a device that only charges your smartphone when you exercise. That would be the ultimate encouragement to stay fit!

the power of sport

Getting children into sport

I love the fact that Lia decided she’d rather watch the tennis than her usual children’s programmes. I’m not a huge fan of children having too much television time, but I do make an exception for watching sport. We have taken the girls to watch rugby, wheelchair basketball and athletics. Libby also came with us to watch Olympic water polo when she just a baby.

A gateway to the future

But it’s not always possible to take children to watch sports live, so watching on the television comes a close second. One day though, I’ll be taking the children to watch Wimbledon. Perhaps tennis will be their sport.

This is a collaborative post with First Utility. All views, opinions and mini tennis fans are my own.


  1. Bec Webb
    July 14, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Wow, that must have knocked you off your feet that she chose to watch something other than Paw Patrol?? Haha!
    We def want to get my two into sports. My husband desperately tries to get the twins into watching rugby as he has hopes they’ll one day be in the All Blacks….. despite being Welsh…!

    • July 25, 2017 / 8:16 am

      Hahaha who doesn’t want to be an all black though right?? 😉

  2. July 14, 2017 / 8:21 am

    Any choice that isn’t Paw Patrol is a win 🙂 Mine both love it too. We signed up for the lawn tennis association free lessons this year, the boys did 6 mornings over a half term and were given a free racket. They loved it so we signed up to Saturday morning lessons. These were described as ‘less intensive and more fun’ but actually the boys preferred the more intensive lessons funnily enough. They’re still enjoying it, but not the bounce out of bed desperate to go that they had with the intensive lessons. We don’t watch sport at all, but have free tennis courts in the park so we can play together.

    • July 25, 2017 / 8:15 am

      Free tennis courts are brilliant aren’t they? They make the sport so much more accessible.x

  3. July 18, 2017 / 4:58 am

    Hi Nat, I do love those facts, but I’m sure my movements, even when I’m working out would only charge my phone for a few days. Oh my the perfect excuse not to answer the phone!.. Watching sport doesn’t count as watching telly really, although my husband used to be a nightmare and would watch sport from morning until night. Not a good example for the children!


    • July 25, 2017 / 8:09 am

      Haha I would need to exercise loads every day to charge mine as I use the phone too much!x

  4. July 20, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    I love Wimbledon and have been lucky enough to go a couple of times. I have it on at home and at times each of the girls have stopped what they are doing and sat with me to watch some of it. They didn’t watch a whole game, but the fact that it caught their interest is enough. Alice was asking me lots of questions about it and she was more into than me at times. I can’t wait for them to be old enough to come with me to see it live x

    • July 25, 2017 / 8:01 am

      I’m so jealous that you’ve been, will be amazing when you can take the girls too.x

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