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19-07-2013

Sporting successes trigger insurance claims

First it was the British and Irish Lions taking the Aussies apart. Then it was Andy Murray winning Wimbledon. Last weekend, it was the nail-bitingly tense first Test, where England finally won through with only a few runs to spare – a fantastic start in our campaign to retain the Ashes. What’s next? How about a British winner of The Open this weekend? In short, we’re in the middle of a fantastic summer of sport.

But apparently, this has insurance implications. According to Aviva, accidents in and around the home are 10 per cent higher in the summer but rise even further during major sporting events. For example, the 2009 Ashes saw a further 10 per cent rise in insurance claims for accidental damage.

A dangerous combination

Apparently, it’s all to do with us trying to be the next Andy Murray or Jimmy Anderson. The combination of bats and balls with windows, televisions and ornaments is not good. A spokesman for Aviva has advised using softer balls, going to a park or having more people ‘playing’ to prevent accidents, but it’s difficult to see any of that happening. He also advised ensuring that both buildings and contents insurance include accidental cover, and that is sound advice.

But long may this wonderful summer weather continue, and may our sporting heroes carry on with these exhilarating performances.

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