I am literally the least sportiest person in the world ever. Seriously. I have embraced this fact and am quite, quite happy about it all. However? I would like my little ones to enjoy sport, be part of a team and succeed in whatever they want to do. So even though the athletics is not my usual hangout, when Sainsbury's invited me, the husband, kiddos and my rents to visit their Birmingham Grand Prix I jumped at the chance. And you know what? My non sporting self kinda enjoyed it!
We went to the family picnic area, bagsied some deckchairs and tucked into my girls favourite meal 'the picnic'. We got all the yummy bits from Sainsbury's and I may have snuck in a few own brand gins in a tin. Next went in and took our seats right by the finish line. And then? The action started and didn't stop for the next few hours! It was a constant of different events and sometimes it was hard to keep your eyes on all the action. The girl and the boy really enjoyed themselves cheering and getting involved. However if we went again? I think the boy is a bit too little for such things. His attention span is super short, so back to the free soft play we went (with a dream man running it who would play with them and do space hopper races. Aces).
We then got the chance to go up to a nice posh box and meet some of the athletes taking part in the all the action. This was the point where it may have been a bit beneficial to have a smidge of sporting knowledge! I only knew if they were famous by the look on my husband's face and the lovely Redpeffer who also had been invited along with her lovely fam. All the athletes were really lovely to my girl, she got their autographs and even ask Christine Ohuruogu a very daft question (watch the vlog for that little gem).
The highlights of the day for me were obviously watching Mo Farrah win. The audience went wild and my Dad shouting "Go On Mo!" for some reason really, really made me laugh. But I also loved my kiddies faces when meeting 'Brit Bear'. They took part in some little athletic challenges and their excitement when they were running? Priceless. I want them to see sport as something they can do and enjoy - not just a weekly torturous event that I remember from school (and those weird teeny tiny towels in the shower room). So thanks to the Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix? They have had their first little taste of sports and the bloomin well loved it (well as long as it is always accompanied by a giant bear and a picnic).
Watch Mo win, me drink Pimms and my girl interview a sporting legend in the vlog below!
We were gifted the tickets to the athletics,
as well as a voucher towards out picnic but we had a ruddy good day out!