One of the key sporting events in the calendar for many fans is the Grand National at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool. It is such an iconic event that it attracts both hardcore horse racing followers and fans who only become involved once a year for the great race. The mix of thrills, excitement and potential big winnings, make it a brilliant day-out to experience.
As part of next year’s 2018 Grand National festival, Aintree racecourse has announced it will be hosting an event on the Thursday called ‘Grand National Thursday – A Day for Champions’. This brand-new event has caused much excitement amongst the public. Read on to learn what it’s all about.
What is ‘A Day for Champions’?
The city of Liverpool has a proud sporting tradition. As Aintree is an area of this great city, organisers have decided to run ‘A Day for Champions’ in honour of the many fine sporting celebrities from the Merseyside area. From past football greats who helped Liverpool to European glory in the 1970’s, to athletes like Fran Halsall and Sam Quek; it is a way to remember those from the area who have achieved sporting glory.
A new Champions Lounge is due to be created close to the Parade Ring on the racecourse itself and will be hosted by the BBC’s Dan Walker. That is where the various activities that will happen on the day will take place.
Anticipation is building
Since news of the special day was released along with more details, it has become clear that it will be an event not to be missed. There are Question and Answer sessions planned with many sporting greats, including Graeme Sharp and Michael Owen, which you will want to attend as they promise to be lively and entertaining. Many are predicting that it will give the whole of the Grand National event a new lease of life and draw in many extra fans to see their sporting idols in person and being able to ask a question.
How to be involved
If you are interested in attending ‘A Day for Champions’ on the Thursday of the Grand National festival, then you will need to book tickets with Aintree racecourse in advance. As well as entry to the Champions Lounge and sessions, you get breakfast canapes along with a seat in the Earl of Derby grandstand and free car parking. That makes it a superb overall package and a great way to help Merseyside celebrate their sporting history.
Of course, it will also mean you get to experience the Grand National festival itself. Just remember to get some tips for the Grand National before you go so you know which horses to back! Although you should always gamble for fun only with money you can afford to lose, getting some tips before you go may well see you earn a nice profit over the day!
Help Merseyside celebrate its achievements
The pairing of such a spectacle of sporting excellence as the Grand National with the many fine sportspeople from the area makes for an exciting proposition. If you are a sporting fan at all, the chance to get up close and personal with some of your idols on ‘A Day for Champions’ is just too good to miss!