Boro player-coach Bryan set for major FootGolf role

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Scarborough Athletic player-coach Bryan Hughes will be handing out some top tips when the UK FootGolf Classic returns to the Bridlington Links Golf Club this Sunday.

Even if they have never tried FootGolf, which is a blend of football and golf, local players have a very real chance of walking away with a share of a £2,000 prize pot this weekend.

Organisers say novices are as likely to scoop top spot as those who have practised before.

The sport has only been played in England for the past two years but it is growing rapidly in popularity.

Ex-Hull City, Birmingham and Charlton midfielder Hughes, who is the academy director for Foot Golf UK, will greet players at the first tee, have pictures taken and walk the first hole with some groups to pass on advice.

Entry into the Bridlington event is open to anyone and places are still available.

Michael O’Connor, president of the UK FootGolf Association, said: “It’s great returning to the Bridlington Links to hold another one of our major events, which really acknowledges the fantastic job the course did in delivering such a successful competition last year.

“The sport has gone through the roof over the last 12 months and the media following is huge once again. We are really looking forward to welcoming all the local footballers, football clubs and interested sportsmen and women to the event to come along and give it a go.”

The UK FootGolf Classic is one of the four UK Majors of the season and enhances Bridlington’s reputation as one of the areas which is at the forefront of the sport.

This will be the second time the competition, which is once again sponsored by East Yorkshire Events, has been held in the resort. The Classic had to be cancelled earlier in the year, when heavy rain left parts of the course waterlogged, but the rearranged date will hopefully see better weather for players.

Around 100 players from across the UK are expected to take part in the competition, which will be played over a full 18-hole round.

Paul Roggeman, events manager for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this unique event once again, especially considering the huge amount of coverage last year’s event received from all over the world.”

FootGolf began in Holland in 2008 but the sport has been making huge strides in the UK recently with the opening of the purpose-built UK FootGolf Centre of Excellence in Doncaster, the first national headquarters and dedicated FootGolf facility anywhere in the world.

The cost of entry into Saturday’s competition is £15 per person which also allows for a free practice session before the competition on Saturday.

Group booking discounts are available and a four-ball entry costs £40. For more information and to book a place, email info@ukfootgolf.com or contact the FootGolf hotline on 0800 6899552.