Road to Celtic Manor – Footgolf

Mark Scotchford

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So my name is Mark Scotchford, Im a 33 year old father of 4, I work as a full-time firefighter for London Fire Brigade.

Over the last 5 years I have been heavily involved with the growth of FootGolf in the UK, FootGolf is a relatively a new sport, officially founded in Holland in 2009, FootGolf has grown at an alarming rate, attracting more and more media attention all the time, The recent FootGolf World Cup in Marrakech, where I captained Team UK to the finals was featured on both Sky Sports and The BBC Breakfast Show, Over the last few years FootGolf has taken me places I would never dream of going including Argentina, America, Italy, France and more recently Morocco, I have featured on Blue Peter and also appeared on CBBC’S “Officially Amazing” where I actually set a new FootGolf related Guinness World record.

I also founded one of the biggest Footgolf Clubs in the UK, where we focus on the grassroots level, we have players that have used FootGolf as a tool to get fit after things such as heart attacks and cancer, our club provides a social and competitive outlet for people that may not of had this without FootGolf.

My aim for 2019 – My aim this season is to compete once again on the UK Footgolf Professional Tour where I will hope to qualify for The Jansen Cup in September, The Jansen Cup is similar to Golfs very own Ryder Cup, unlike the Ryder cup its actually Team UK vs Team USA, it is being held at the impressive world-famous Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor, this is a bi-annual event, after leading Team UK to an historic victory in Palm springs California at the first edition back in 2017, the ultimate aim is to retain The Jansen Cup.

Qualification – The UK FootGolf Pro Tour is a series of around 20 competitions across the UK, Including The Irish Open in Dublin and The Scottish Open in Edinburgh, with the recent arrival of twins and after recently losing my Tour Sponsor I have now hit a massive financial stumbling block, with your help I will hope to carry on growing this fantastic inclusive sport and of course bring home the Jansen Cup once more.

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