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Sports: Everything you need to know

Treat yourself to one of our sporting gifts, or get your sport-mad family member or friend a gift they’ll love. Armchair football supporters will be thrilled to own a share in their favourite club: the pack includes a sexy share certificate that will look just dandy framed and hanging in the loo.

That way all your mates will be forced to ponder your superior dedication to the game while they’re relieving themselves. That’ll teach ‘em. Snooker loopy guys and girls can get some serious practice and professional tuition thanks to a World Snooker coach: this full-day experience takes place in Sheffield, and it also includes two free tickets to the Masters, the Welsh Open, the World Open or the UK Championship.

You can’t say fairer than that! If you’re looking to improve your swing, a day’s golfing and a session with a PGA pro tutor will be right up your alley. You’ll even get to use some hi-tech golfing tuition tools such as Explanar, a funny disc thing that you stand inside for practice. It will teach you to improve the angle of your swing: ideal if you’re too upright or too flat. In golf terms, I mean.

FAQs

Q: I have been described as both ‘sporty’ and ‘sporting’ and I only ever eat with a spork, which sounds a bit like sport. What sports have we got?
A: So many sports that my hamstrings are already twanging. There’s football, tennis, cricket, winter sports, snooker, golf, rugby, clay pigeon shooting and water sports.
Q: That’s quite a day!
A: You won’t be doing all of them at once. With some they involve tours of stadiums, while with others it’s instruction in the discipline, then there are quirky things such as getting a bespoke cricket bat made and indoor surfing.
Q: In what sports do you offer actual instruction by a master expert pro?
A: You can be trained in golf by a PGA Pro, get snooker tips from a World Snooker Coach, be fully versed in surfing either on the ocean or indoors and ski and snowboard training on the safety of an indoor slope.
Q: There’s only so much discipline I can take, how long are these sessions?
A: Depends on what you are up to, but you can usually expect to receive anything from 45 minutes to a few hours of tuition, but you’ll be at the venue for longer so you can put your new skills into action. Most sports coaching vouchers include a mixture of practice and tuition plus time for breaks and lunch.
Q: But I don’t want to do things, I want to gawp at things?
A: That’s fine, try one of our fabulous stadium tours. We have some of the most iconic sporting venues for you to take a tour of, including Old Trafford, Anfield, Emirates, Wembley, Twickenham, Wimbledon and Lords. With some you’ll even have a legend who played at the club with you on the tour.
Q: But there are literally loads of us, can I arrange a group stadium tour for a special occasion?
A: Yes, simply buy the right combination of vouchers depending on the ages of people in your group. If there are more than four people attending, our group booking team is on hand to help you pick a suitable date, find a nice hotel and locate the local watering holes for a post-match or post-tour pint. You can send them an email and kick off your group booking at http://wish.co.uk/group-bookings/ Or if you’re a footie fanatic, why not buy shares?
Q: What? Are these share gifts real, actual shares in football clubs?
A: Yes, each share is a genuine share in your chosen club. As such, the value of the share will go up or down over time (a lawyer told us to say that). OK, a single share probably won’t make you rich, but it does mean you’re an official, legal shareholder. Besides, the certificate is pretty suave, and that’s the important thing.
Q: And did you say something about a bat?
A: I did. In a move that is sure to tickle even the most surly cricket fans amongst us, you can get them a bespoke cricket bat made by a woodcrafting artisan, built to their precise specifications. Wouldn’t that be a thing?

Fun Facts

  • 1. One superstition states that fish may not bite if a barefoot woman passes the fisherman on the way to the dock. Especially as the dock will smell like feet.
  • 2. Kite-fighting is a highly competitive sport played in India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Thailand, and South America, with each player trying to get their kite to fly highest. But how many of those victories are wind assisted?
  • 3. Major League Baseball umpires have to wear black underwear in case they split their pants at work. Good idea, no-one goes to baseball for entertainment.
  • 4. The record for the most Olympic medals ever won is held by Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina, who won 18 medals between 1956 and 1964. With so much gold around her neck, she really earned the nickname the ‘Mr T of the Urals’.
  • 5. People visiting nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport. Well they’re not going to be playing Mousetrap are they?
  • 6. Legend has it that the household wrench was invented in 1922 by boxing heavyweight champion Jack Johnson. How did he manage to do that wearing those gloves? Remarkable.
  • 7. One of the first programmes to be broadcast on live radio was a British yacht race that took place in 1898. It’s a tradition that continues with Nick Grimshaw’s ‘Yacht Race Round-up’ – a regular feature on this Radio 1 Breakfast Show.
  • 8. Held in 776BC, the very first Olympic race was won by a chef named Corubus. He also did really well in the Pie Jump.
  • 9. Around 42,000 tennis balls are used during the annual Wimbledon championship. Let’s hope they don’t just dump them on the Common afterwards, or they are going to have some very annoyed Wombles to deal with.
  • 10. In 1937, cheetahs were raced at Romford Greyhound Stadium in an effort to increase attendance. Though I can’t imagine that was very motivational for the Greyhounds, beaten by a cat like that.