By Sam Bulcock
It’s a fact of life that great things come in twos. Ant and Dec, Wallace and Gromit, and everyone’s favourite, the Chuckle Brothers. It’s with this in mind that we introduce to you the sport of Footgolf, one of the UK’s fastest growing. Combining, you guessed it, football with golf courses the sport has quickly developed into a worldwide activity. Boasting an international federation and a World Cup competition, the sport in the UK has been adapted by many established courses as a way to extract new members and income. The aim is simple, kicking a standard size 5 football into a hole in the shortest number of shots possible. It’s the perfect pastime for those fed up with the ferocity of Sunday league football but equally unwilling to fork out for golf clubs and membership fees. A list of courses offering Footgolf can be found here.
- Bubble Football
Following a similar, albeit, less conventional theme we move onto Bubble Football. Again football provides the basis for the latest rival to the standard stag do activities. Simply put the game is basically your average kick about, except half your body is encased in a zorb leaving you somewhat unbalanced and exposed. It’s certainly low on tranquillity but high on laughs. The growth of the sport in the media means there are now numerous companies offering cheap hire of all the gear you need.
We’ve all seen the classic film where, spoiler alert, Vince Vaughan’s plucky underdogs overcome the odds to win the Las Vegas International Dodgeball Open. What you might not be aware of is that dodgeball has since taken on a life of its own, capturing the imaginations of young and old alike. Leagues and one off tournaments operate up and down the country and offer an intriguing alternative to the standard and somewhat stale Thursday night 5-a-side. Violent and exhausting in equal measure, dodgeball is a fantastic workout with the added bonus of being an excellent source of stress release. Just remember, take care of your balls, and they’ll take care of you.
- Sepak Takraw
The oldest sport on our list, its origins dating back to the 15th Century, and yet most likely the least well known. Easily summarised as volleyball with your feet, the sport has been a mainstay of culture in south-east Asian countries such as Thailand and Laos for some time. The sepak takraw chief has even lobbied for the sport to be considered for future Olympic Games. While relatively low on physical exertion, the sport requires high levels of skill and athleticism as well as a certain degree of bravery to fling yourself around a hard court. It may not have quite taken off in the UK just yet but keep your eyes peeled because something so exciting can’t remain hidden for long.