Nestled in the picturesque surroundings of High Melton on the outskirts of Doncaster, lies the headquarters of a quiet sporting revolution...of sorts.
For, on the site of Doncaster College’s campus in the village the old golf course has been turned into the UK Footgolf Centre of Excellence.
For the uninitiated, footgolf is exactly what you think it would be - a hybrid of golf and football, using predominantly the former’s rules, but kicking a normal size 5 ball.
The sport is relatively new, and the UK particularly have just joined the party in the past couple of years, but with the upkeep costs of golf courses rising, it is thought that footgolf can benefit, with the level of maintainance nowhere near as high.
As things stand, it is arguably going to be seen as mainly a social activity here for a couple of years, but the setting up of the Centre of Excellence in Doncaster, with former Birmingham City midfielder Bryan Hughes as head of the UK FootGolf Academy Scheme, shows that the UK Footgolf Association means business.
“First of all it’s fun, you can get a few mates together and go round and have a laugh and so long as you can kick a ball, anyone can play it really,” said Hughes. “But there is a skilful sporting aspect to it that we are hoping to push with a view of it increasing in popularity as a competitive sport.
“There are more competitions going on around the country and I think we will soon find some who can compete at a higher level.”
From the college’s point of view, it is a perfect partnership, says campus Health and Safety manager Emma Whittaker: “It gives us the opportunity to offer something new to our students but also it is something that can be incorporated into studies.”