31 May 2016

The Health Insurance Group sponsors National Footgolf Tour

Footgolf is the latest phenomenon to hit our courses and The Health Insurance Group is embracing this by sponsoring the UK Footgolf Association’s National Tour.

Footgolf is a cross between football and golf and is played using a size five football. The game is played the same way as golf with the aim being to get the ball into the hole in the fewest number of shots possible using only your feet.   

Brett Hill, Managing Director of The Health Insurance Group comments, “As an organisation we are concerned with health and wellbeing so are delighted to be sponsoring The Health Insurance Group National Footgolf tour. The sport is becoming one of the UK’s fastest growing sports, with over 180 courses in the UK participating in the sport and it is an extremely healthy and fun activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels.”

Footgolf can be played at nearly 200 venues across the UK, and The Health Insurance Group National Tour will comprise of 10 events for elite footgolfers. The next national tour event will be The National Pairs Footgolf Championship at MacDonald Portal Hotel in Tarporley on 19 June followed by the North of England Open in County Durham. The major event on this year’s calendar is the UK Open in August, where players including former West Ham FC footballer Paolo Di Canio will compete for £15,000 prize fund. 

Paul Oliver, National Tournament Director of The UK FootGolf Association, said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of The Health Insurance Group. Footgolf is a truly inclusive sport, it can be played by persons of any age or sex, whether it be an individual looking to get in to a new sport, a football club looking to focus on some training elements with players, a company looking for a fun corporate and team building day, or parents and grandparents looking to take their children to play outdoors, all can participate in footgolf.”

The origins of footgolf are unclear but it is thought that the first nine-hole footgolf tournament on a golf course was played in the Netherlands in 2008. Later Belgium and Holland switched from playing in parks to golf courses and the game was introduced to Argentina in 2010, who were the hosts of this year’s 2016 Footgolf World Cup. In 2015 the UK Footgolf team were crowned European Champions.

For further information about footgolf please visit www.ukfootgolf.com