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It’s that time again; time to get into full World Cup swing in England! There are plenty of opportunities for fanatics and fair-weather fans alike to get into the football mood and support the likes of Rooney, Gerrard, Lampard and Terry.

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If you haven’t managed to score tickets to any of the games in South Africa, there are loads of places you can watch the matches and places you can go to improve your own technique right here in England.

VisitEngland have dedicated a section of to all things football, whether you’re interested in a stadium tour at Wembley or Old Trafford, a chance to play your own game of 5 a side at one of the many parks around the country, or just want to find the perfect spot to take in the action on a big screen! Whichever team you support look no further than Enjoy England’s World Cup 2010 guide at

Where to watch the FIFA World Cup
A World Cup year usually sees England come to a standstill during June and July. For fans, it is a brilliant way of increasing the party spirit and camaraderie, but where is the best place to catch the action?

  • Watch the world cup in 3D at Cineworld
  • All England group games are being shown at St James Park in Newcastle
  • 5000 fans can watch England games at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham
  • The Ramada Jarvis hotel chain will be showing all games at over 40 hotels in the UK
  • Trendy Favela Chic in London will be holding parties when Spain, Brazil & Portugal play
  • Watch the England games with 2,500 other fans at Alexandra Palace
  • Fancy watching the games at a country inn while tucking into a proper pub lunch? Head to to find the perfect spot near you

Support England at these outdoor screenings around the country:

  • Screenfields at Hardman Square is Manchester City Centre’s open air cinema. See some of the World Cup Group Stages EXCLUDING England games on a 16.5 ft by 10 ft for free.
  • Have fun at the World Cup fan zone at Chantry Park, Ipswich for free. More than 20,000 football fans will be able to watch England games on a 24,700 square metre plateau, on a giant 50 square metre screen.
  • World Cup Big screen at Great Notley Park, Essex. The fixtures will be on what organisers Essex County Council describe as 'the world's biggest outdoor screens'. Tickets cost £4 for adults, £2 for children.
  • BBC Big screens will be popping up across the country to give fans a chance to watch the tournament outside and for free. The schedules are subject to change, please check site for updates. Confirmed locations include: Leeds, Millennium Square; Leicester, Humberstone Gate; Manchester, Exchange Square.

Head to the hometowns of the England footballers, and play your own game!

Gareth Barry, one of England’s midfielders, is originally from Hastings and loves getting back to the area! ‘No matter where I’ll live in the future, Hastings will always be my home. It’s obviously special to me as I was born there, and it’s a great place to visit.’ So we’ve thought of some great places for a kickabout in Hastings and other hometowns of England footballers!

  • Alexandra Park in Hastings is a stunningly great place for a game of five-a-side just to the north of Hastings town centre. It is like a massive green lung for Hastings and hosts events such as the Hastings Beer and Music Festival in July. If you’re in World Cup mode, head to the football pitches and the playing parks, which are perfect for a game of 5 or 7 a side.
  • Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard both hail from near Liverpool and Merseyside and just down the road in St Helens, former England striker Alan Shearer launched Fives earlier this month, a brand new purpose built venue for budding football stars to practice their ball skills. So get your boots on and make those dreams of being the next England striker come true!
  • Wherever you are in the country, Powerleague is a great spot to test out your own ball skills with state-of-the-art facilities. Powerleague offers 44 state-of-the-art football centres across the UK. You can kick-off day and night and score in one of their super Soccerdomes.
  • For all of the greats who were born and bred near London, from John Terry to Joe Cole, there are loads of open spaces like Regent’s Park, Hampstead Heath, Alexandra Palace Park and Clapham Common that are ideal for a bit of 5-a-side.

Show your support for England this summer!

For further information, please contact:
Stephanie Boyle / Yolanda Copes-Stepney
Tel: 020 7578 1446 / 1447

Notes to editors:
About VisitEngland

  • In response to a clear call from industry arising from the 2008 British Tourism Framework Review, VisitEngland has been created as the strategic leadership body representing the public and private sector stakeholders of English Tourism. It works in partnership with VisitBritain, the RDAs and local authorities, and the private sector, creating a national tourism strategy, optimising marketing investment, and developing the visitor experience across England.
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