The Sports We Love.

It’s Valentines’ day… love is in the air and we could think of no better opportunity than today to talk about our love of sport! You have probably realised by now that we are all a bit sports crazy here at Provision. The company-wide love of sport has stemmed from each staff member’s unique journey they have experienced through the sports they love.

We hope you enjoy reading about our teams love of sport and why they love it…

Alex Marsh- Production Assistant: Golf

I love golf because of the variety of different challenges you have to face each time you play. It is a constant battle where you are always thinking of how to solve problems and perform your best. This constant challenge gave me an inner drive to always strive to improve myself each day. 

Having played and competed for such a long time, I have met so many amazing friends from all over the world that I wouldn’t have met if I didn’t play golf, so for that, I am extremely grateful. My best memory in golf has to be watching Tiger Woods at the Presidents Cup last year in Australia, I have never seen golf played that well and it was extremely inspirational!  

      

Lee Reynolds- Production Manager: Snowboarding/Paddleboarding

I find it hard to distinguish one sport that I love the most, but I can whittle it down to two – Snowboarding and Paddle Boarding. I’ve played a lot of ‘conventional’ sports over the years such as football and cricket, but I get the biggest buzz out of alternative sports.

I love snowboarding due to the sense of freedom it gives you and the fact that it takes you on adventures to some pretty awesome parts of the world.

For similar reasons, I’m also passionate about paddle boarding. I’m fortunate enough to live very close to the River Hamble which meets with where Southampton Water and the Solent connect. There are endless inlets and mini beaches to explore on a paddle board in this area. When I’m out on my paddle board I tend to forget about the mundane elements of everyday life, so I find it amazing for the mind.

Albert Ellison- 3D Designer: Cycling

Road Cycling  is my favourite sport by a mile. Specifically racing. To my knowledge, there is no other sport quite like it in the competitive space. You’re forced to work with your archrival in the pursuit of distancing yourself from the rest of the 70-man field and fight over a 1st or 2nd place finish, rather than risk a 50th place in a mass sprint for the line.

Riding in a peloton is an experience like no other, as a former Category 1 rider I’ve hand many opportunities to feel the incredible effects of riding surrounded by 50 riders, where a pocket of air effectively ‘sucks’ you along with 5-10% pedalling input.

No other sport encompasses physics like cycling, everything from complicated formations like the chain-gang, through-and-off or lead-out maneuvers, to aerodynamics and feather weight bikes.

“Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride” – Eddy Merckx (Winner of all 5 classics races, 34 Stage wins of the Tour De France).

As well as being something we love, sport is so good for you for so many reasons, here are just a few…

  • Improved mental health
  • Improved physical health
  • Helps improve confidence and self esteem
  • Teaches discipline and punctuality
  • It’s fun!

 

As you can see – we are passionate sports fans, we understand that fans don’t want to just watch a game, they want to experience it. Going to a game or event is not just about watching your team or hero win or lose.  It’s about the people you are there with, going through the emotions of the live action, and what you do directly before and after the game.

This is why many sports teams are implementing fan zones and activation areas… it’s all about enhancing the overall fan experience.

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