My husband played squash competitively before our daughter was born, and has sort of continued but (a) the matches are in the evenings and he leaves as we start storytime, so he's home for a bit and (b) he's given up training sessions because they were Saturday mornings. It's not great, because he is struggling (don't tell him I said that
) to stay in "squash shape", playing only weekly matches. He's gradually switching to canoeing and that is also evenings for now, but might become weekend days as well, at least sometimes. We both run and swim but that is easier to fit in, though my swim races have become very few and far between. That said, they came to watch me race last weekend and it was great fun all around, as KiwiAmanda says. I think the answer is to find sports that fit the family and football far away might be a challenge. Maybe there's something else he'd enjoy? My husband switched from squash to canoeing at 48 and loves the change!
As an aside, there's an obvious benefit in having a healthy past-time!
Good luck. That's a challenging one...