By Guest Author

As football fans, we’re spoiled. We’re living in an age in which there’s seemingly never not some live action available on the television at the touch of a button. But there’s a danger that this makes us lazy. Sure, it’s more fun to put the football on than the soaps or some awful reality TV nonsense, but there’s a danger that we become addicted to consuming our sport in this format and lose sight of made us fall in love with football in the first place.

Non League Day offers the perfect excuse for you to put that right and not only prise yourself off the sofa for some live action, but for you to embrace the game in its purest form.

This event – to be held on October 13 this year – is the annual celebration of the game below the football league and a chance for the spotlight to shine on the clubs that often go under the radar.

Need some inspiration?

Here are eight reasons why you should support Non League Day on October 13.

It’s ‘real’ football

Football these days is sometimes a sanitised, commercialised and diluted version of the ‘beautiful game’. Top flight clubs, by necessity, have slick marketing operations and a propensity to cater for their lucrative corporate guests. This shiny new ‘stadiums’ might have impressive facilities, but they lack the heart and character of a ‘football ground’. Non league football allows you to strip back to PR gloss and get back to the real heart of the game. It’s played in old school grounds with a good atmosphere and will help you to rediscover your love of the game.

You bet

The smart gambler should always be on the lookout for new-found knowledge that can inform their bets. Providers such as Betway cater for punters looking at the National League, National League North and National League South, so this could be a great chance to learn a bit more about those leagues and get the inside track for your next bet.

You’ll have nothing better to do

Non League Day is always smartly timed to coincide with an international break. That means fans of all Premier League and Championship clubs will be on the lookout for a way to spend their Saturday afternoon – and this is definitely better than shopping. England will be playing on the Friday and Monday nights that weekend, so you won’t even miss any international football either.

Community

Non league clubs really are at the heart of the community. They rely on the support and the hard work of volunteers to keep going – and face a real fight just to stay alive. By turning up to a game, you’ll make a real difference to a club’s coffers and show support to a vital community asset.

Good value entertainment

With the average cost of the cheapest Premier League match ticket touching almost £30, football at the top level has long stopped being a cheap treat. Yet the non league pyramid lets you rediscover football as a fun, cost effective form of entertainment. Even at National League level you can find a £12 ticket, with fantastic bargains to be found as you look below non league’s top tier. This is football that a family can actually afford to go to all together – and there’s no ‘register online and pay months in advance’ hassle either, you’ll be able to pay on the gate.

You can have a pint

Football should be a social event, so why not go to a ground where you can buy a pint and stand with your mates and have a laugh? It makes the world of difference.

Better standard than you think

Some people might look down their nose at non league football, especially if they’ve become accustomed to seeing the tactical wizardry of Manchester City or Liverpool, say. Yet, while the hipster tactics and superstar players are nowhere to be seen, that doesn’t mean non league football isn’t played to a good standard. Many teams play an attacking, skilful and high paced game that makes for high scoring and entertaining encounters.

There’s a good cause

Last, but by no means least, Non League Day also helps to promote a great cause. Prostate Cancer UK is the event’s official charity partner and uses the opportunity to raise funds and boost aware of a disease that kills a man every 45 minutes. A selection of collections, raffles and half time events are put on at games across the country so that you can contribute to this good cause while out enjoying a match.

Convinced? Just pick your game and thank us later…

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