Chigoli takes FootGolf to Kasungu, introduces sport at Kamuzu Academy

Chigoli football academy visited Kamuzu Academy in Kasungu last weekend for a training session with students there and its staff took an opportunity to introduce the sport of FootGolf there.

Chigoli squad during last week's visit to Kamuzu Academy

Chigoli squad during last week’s visit to Kamuzu Academy

Lilongwe Golf Club will on May 29 host the FootGolf tournament, the first of its kind in sport, courtesy of the fast-growing-in-stature Lilongwe-based football academy.

Their online newsletter said the Chigoli staff were joined by their counterparts at Kamuzu Academy for  a quick round of FootGolf to get a little bit of practice before the national championships.

“It was a pretty basic version of the game, using trees as the pins, but it was great fun. [The May 29 tournament] is definitely an event worth taking part in at the Lilongwe Golf Club.

Chigoli, a non-profit football development organisation, intends to use the tournament to fund-raise its activities.

Interested participants will be required an entrance fee of K15,000 each with a refundable deposit of K5,000 if they will require to hire a football.

FootGolf is a fast growing sport throughout the world, with an international governing body, the Federation for International FootGolf (FIFG), which has member nations across the globe.

“Footgolf as a sport is played on golf courses, and  Lilongwe Golf Club have agreed to become pioneers in this venture bringing the sport into Malawi for the  first time,” says Chigoli in a statement made available to Nyasa Times.

The tournament will be played over 9 holes with various prizes being awarded for both men and women.

The sport mixes the game play of golf, with the skill sets required for football. The game is played the same way as golf, except players use a football instead of a golf ball, and the ball is kicked rather than struck with a club towards a target.

The first shot has to be played from the tee box and to reach the hole, bunkers, trees, water and hills have to be crossed or avoided (just like in golf). This means a powerful shot is useful, but not decisive because the players have to read the course just like in golf in which a smart approach and accurate putting are even more important.

Entrance fees must be paid in advance through calling or messaging Alex on 0991135611 or George on 0996391727, or by emailing [email protected].

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