The Perfect Match: Visiting Real Bedford F.C. Is A Bitcoin, Soccer Fan’s Dream

Real Bedford F.C., an expert soccer staff built-in with Bitcoin, offers followers of Bitcoin a staff to root for.

This is an opinion editorial by Marek Feder, the editor in chief of Investro and a Bitcoin journalist who lately paid a go to to Bedford, England, with a gaggle of Bitcoin and soccer followers from Slovakia.

Being a soccer fan in addition to a Bitcoin fanatic, I knew it was solely a matter of time earlier than I paid my go to to Bedford, England — home of a soccer team owned by “What Bitcoin Did” host Peter McCormack. And as soon as I heard {that a} group of like-minded folks have been touring from Slovakia, my homeland, to Bedford, to watch a recreation between Real Bedford F.C and Holmer Green F.C., I made a decision to be part of.

Here are a number of issues I discovered in regards to the Bitcoin neighborhood from this expertise and why I feel each fan of Bitcoin and soccer ought to plan their personal journeys as properly.

Meeting Like-Minded People

First and foremost, among the finest issues about journeys like this is the possibility to meet individuals who take a look at the world in a similar way to your self — at the least a bit. And whereas throughout most meetups you and your fellow Bitcoiners may have only one factor in frequent (Bitcoin), if you happen to determine to make a journey to Bedford to watch a soccer match, it is very doubtless that there will probably be at the least two matters that you’ve in frequent.

The mixture of soccer and Bitcoin ensured that we have been ready to bond immediately even though most of us had by no means met one another. Moreover, it gave us an opportunity to not solely discuss Bitcoin and the whole lot associated to it — which normally can have a little bit of a proper or, at the least, instructional connotation — however by way of soccer, we have been ready to calm down much more and revel in a beer and, total, an ideal journey.

What is extra vital is the truth that a visit or occasion like this offers you the possibility to meet folks you may need by no means met in any other case. In only a small group of 11 those that got here to the meetup from Slovakia, we not solely had Pavol “Stick” Rusnák, co-founder of Trezor and Satoshi Labs, however we additionally had different Bitcoin entrepreneurs becoming a member of the journey, in addition to a member of the Slovak parliament.

A journey like this will, due to this fact, be a very good alternative for a lot of totally different causes, from assembly like-minded folks, to data sharing, to networking.

Soccer followers from Slovakia posing with McCormack. Source.

Supporting A Circular Economy

While more often than not on this journey we had to use fiat to pay, the whole lot cost associated to the membership might have additionally been settled in BTC, whether or not on-chain or by way of the Lightning Network. I personally imagine that it is solely a matter of time earlier than the City of Bedford turns into one of the vital round economies for Bitcoin not solely within the U.Ok., however fairly doable on the planet, even though this metropolis has solely about 170,000 people.

But perhaps the truth that this is not New York City or Beijing performs to its benefit. In a smaller metropolis, folks can understand that one thing vital is happening extra shortly. Seeing people throughout with black and yellow hats and scarves with skulls on them will make locals suppose and, likely, additionally act. Local companies, eating places, lodges, and many others. will quickly want to compete for Bedford soccer followers who are coming to the town from throughout the place and have an curiosity in Bitcoin.

Hence, the adoption of Bitcoin in Bedford may be proper across the nook. The extra Bitcoiners who come to Bedford to not solely watch a match, but in addition to get pleasure from Bitcoin meetups, the extra the native enterprise house owners will hear the query, “Do you accept bitcoin?” And the sport principle of adoption will begin enjoying out actually shortly as soon as the primary few dominoes fall, since everyone knows that Bitcoiners are beneficiant spenders and supporters. We would have supported native companies ourselves, had we been given an opportunity.

Learning From The Best

Before the match began, we have been fortunate sufficient to be joined by Rusnák, one of many OGs of the area. He gave an inspiring lecture about self custody and its significance, educating not solely fellow Bitcoiners, but in addition those that may need been new to the expertise.

Rusnák giving a Bitcoin lecture at a Real Bedford F.C. meetup. Source: Author.

The lengthy Q&A session that adopted his lecture clearly confirmed that folks are within the subject and needed to perceive it extra. And not solely within the subject of self custody, however Bitcoin itself. Rusnák was bombarded with questions left and proper, with newcomers having the possibility to hear to solutions from one of the competent audio system on the subject.

While it is inconceivable to have the likes of Rusnák at each meetup or earlier than each Real Bedford soccer recreation, the extra curiosity there is from soccer and Bitcoin followers, the extra famend and educated folks there will probably be susceptible to coming down to Bedford to share their data and discuss to folks.

The Combination Of Bitcoin And Soccer Just Works, So Why Not Support It?

Real Bedford is owned by McCormack, a famend Bitcoin podcaster with most likely one of many best-known Bitcoin podcasts on the planet. Combining soccer and Bitcoin would possibly look a bit bizarre at first — Bitcoin is seen as cash, an funding asset, a world financial community, and many others. — however as the principle, distinctive promoting level of a soccer membership? Many may need been quite shocked when this “synergy” was introduced.

Yet, McCormack is making it work flawlessly. He and his staff are doing an exquisite job of evangelizing not solely the identify of Bitcoin within the soccer world, but in addition the identify of soccer within the Bitcoin world. His merch of jerseys, hats, scarfs and different gadgets are definitely bettering the funds of the soccer membership, which is at the moment sitting comfortably in first place in the Spartan South Midlands Football League. Promotion appears to be like very doable, which might present that McCormack may be onto one thing.

Yes, transferring from the tenth division to the ninth may not be the largest of achievements and the last word purpose of transferring to the Premier League is nonetheless far off, however the staff in addition to the general tradition and the environment across the membership is positively thrilling, the neighborhood is thriving and that first milestone is solely 9 matches away on the time of this writing.

Low Time Preference At Its Finest

With the last word purpose of transferring to the Premier League, McCormack and his Real Bedford membership are most likely one of many prime examples of sustaining a low time desire, an idea extremely popular amongst Bitcoin supporters. Even if the staff have been to heroically win each league title, it might take 9 years to transfer to the Premier League. And successful the league yearly is, fairly actually, not doable.

Nevertheless, per McCormack, the extra quick purpose is to get the membership into one of many top-four leagues within the subsequent 10 years. This purpose is far more achievable, not solely from the soccer facet, but in addition from the Bitcoin facet. Personally, I don’t imagine that Bitcoin will probably be wherever shut to at present’s worth however will probably be a lot greater (in greenback phrases) in 10 years. And if that is the case, Real Bedford can have an enormous benefit in contrast to its rivals, irrespective of what league it is in. The funds of Real Bedford are poised to enhance, whereas all the different groups with their fiat supporters will most likely be worse off.

If this performs out the best way many people anticipate, Real Bedford may be one of many largest winners of the subsequent bull market or two. Even if Real Bedford doesn’t make it into the Premier League within the subsequent 10, 15 or 20 years, the challenge is poised to succeed ultimately and is usually a prime instance of why maintaining a low time desire works.

Celebrating A Win

While there are positively different the reason why one ought to go to Bedford, the above few positively stood out for me. All of us who got here to Bedford for this journey agreed that the go to was an enormous success, giving us the possibility to not solely meet fellow Bitcoiners however to additionally to help a soccer membership with nice ambitions. The seven-to-one win for Real Bedford that we noticed was positively a pleasant cherry on prime.

This is a visitor publish by Marek Feder. Opinions expressed are fully their personal and don’t essentially mirror these of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.

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