By Alyce Collins
Many football fans are missing their beloved sport and can’t wait for the season to resume, however none quite as much as this fan.
Manchester United supporter Pete Simmons, 45, from Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, bought a pool for his children to enjoy in the garden at the start of lockdown.
The pool was a fun addition but it wasn’t quite what they had in mind, and Pete couldn’t enjoy his beers in a tepid pool. After a few weeks of his daughters, Leah, 17, and Ella, 16, begging, Pete upgraded to a hot tub instead.
For the 2018 football World Cup, Pete built a small bar in the garden, but he drew up a plan to extend the bar, add a roof and integrate the hot tub to create the ultimate football viewing experience.
Pete joined many others in the queues for hardware stores to get the materials he needed for his own swim up bar. After a week of putting it together, the hot tub bar was complete, and now all it needs is live sports to return.
Pete’s partner, Mel, isn’t a football fan, so she will be glad that he’s watching the games outside so she can enjoy the peace and quiet inside.
Pete said: “I had an idea after the kids were hassling me for a hot tub and then I extended the bar with the hot tub enclosure.
“Most of the materials were ordered online and delivered but I had to make a couple trips to B&Q and join the queues.
“When the fixtures restart, me and my son Kai will be sat out there. Mel loves it, she’s not a football fan but she gets the tv to herself.”