IT’S a game which requires the deadly accuracy of Danny Ings or Jordan Rhodes.

But rather than testing out budding footballers’ ability on a normal pitch, this new sport will see would-be strikers taking shots on the country’s golf courses.

FootGolf — which sees competitors follow the rules of golf as they kick a football down the fairways — claims to be the ‘fastest growing sport worldwide’.

It made its Lancashire debut at Mytton Fold Golf Club in the Ribble Valley yesterday, with former Blackburn Rovers striker Kevin Gallacher and England ladies’ international Fern Whelan in town to declare the course officially open.

Barbara Bryan, the golf club’s director, said: “We will be the first golf club in Lancashire to offer FootGolf.


“With the Ryder Cup just around the corner and the football season upon, it’s an exciting time for the hotel to be introducing FootGolf.

“There has been lots of interest and bookings are pouring in — everyone is excited about this sports opportunity.”

Everton Ladies’ defender Paige Williams also attended the launch, although Burnley-born England goalkeeper Rachel Brown was forced to pull out at the last minute.