They might seem unlikely bedfellows, but golf and football have joined forces around one of Australia’s most rapidly developing sports.
Golf Australia, Football Federation Australia and FootGolf Australia have signed a landmark memorandum of understanding to work together to promote FootGolf – a sport that could revolutionise the use of golfing real estate around the country.
FootGolf is played the same way as golf on a golf course except players use a football instead of a golf ball and the ball is kicked rather than struck with a club towards a larger cup.
GA’s golf development director Cameron Wade says the innovative game perfectly matches the plan of all three sports to boost participation and increase activity among Australians.
“Golf Australia recognises the importance of developing and supporting innovative formats of the game that connect with potential future golfers,” Wade said.
“FootGolf also provides a tremendous opportunity for golf facilities to diversify their revenue streams and to connect with new market segments that help participation.”
“Even better, it’s a great way for golf to open its doors and provide an opportunity for new sports participants to enjoy the stunning surroundings of a golf course.”
FootGolf originated in Europe as recently as 2009, but already there are 25 federations, including FootGolf Australia, under the rapidly expanding Federation for International FootGolf umbrella.
FFA national participation manager Salv Carmusciano says the partnership between the bodies demonstrates how sports can work together to get more Australians active and healthy.
“FFA is proud to enter into a unique partnership with both Golf Australia and FootGolf Australia for the benefit of community members. FootGolf is another way Australians can enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle”.
FootGolf Australia's director Christian Wainmayer is delighted with the trust and support of GA and FFA.
"The public response seen at the three golf courses currently offering FootGolf (Wembley Golf Course in Perth, Cardinia Beaconhills in Melbourne and Colonial Golf Course in Sydney) has been very positive,” Wainmayer said.
“The new year awaits with the launch of FootGolf at Teven Valley Golf Course on the New South Wales North Coast and we hope more golf courses across Australia become affiliated in 2015 to achieve the national coverage the sport needs.
"We will be working with Golf Australia and FFA on a number of initiatives across both social and competitive levels aimed at increasing participation and engagement levels.
“FootGolf gives Australians another great excuse for being out and fit while having fun … and where better than at a golf course?" he said.