Lilongwe Golf Club will on May 29th host the first of its kind in sport, FootGolf tournament, courtesy of a football academy based in Lilongwe named Chigoli.
Chigoli is a non-profit football development organisation based in Lilongwe and they want to use the funds to be raised through the FootGolf championship to support its work with talented Malawian youngsters in football, academic education as well as character development.
A statement made available to Nyasa Times said, Chigoli is courting interested Malawians and expats to enjoy the first-ever Footgolf competition.
According to Chigoli, 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 the statement.
“The tournament will be played over 9 holes with various prizes being awarded including the National Champion of Malawi for both Men and Women.
“The sport is quite simple, and mixes the gameplay 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.”
It means players have to read the course just like in golf in which a smart approach and accurate putting are even more important.
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.
“Entrance fees must be paid in advance. People can enter by calling or messaging Alex on 0991135611 or George on 0996391727, or by emailing [email protected].
Chigoli says since its inception in late 2014, it has made huge strides in its goal is to nuture the country’s brightest football talents.
“Our mission is not just to develop their footballing ability through our unparalleled country level coaching, but also their education, nutrition and character. Our aim is to produce both excellent footballers and men of excellent character that can become role models for young Malawians of the future.
“Chigoli currently has a 28-player strong academy squad who were selected from a series of Under-12 community based tournaments and events involving over 2,000 players across the Capital City.
“This squad currently trains at the country’s premier international school where the players receive expert football coaching from staff including two of the institution’s founders, a Confederation of African Football (Caf) ‘A’ license coach Thom Mkorongo, two ‘C’ Licensed coaches, a Football Association of Malawi qualified referee and a former ScoUsh Women’s Premier league goalkeeper.
“We are currently in talks with English and ScoUsh Premier League clubs regarding partnership links, so anticipate this coaching staff expanding in number and qualification, as well as presenting opportunies for our squad members to gain valuable experience training and trialling in Europe.
“In addition to expert football training, the p l a y e r s u n d e r t a k e academic education sessions focussing on English and Maths which are taught by qualified teachers from E u r o p e. They also undergo character development sessions which are led by an experienced youth development specialist which ensure that all our players become well rounded individuals who are positive members of society,” Chigoli academy says.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :