We are delighted to announce the formation of the new FootGolf Association of Wales.
Over the last few years, the growth of Welsh FootGolf has been dependent on support from UK FootGolf, but a number of the players and course-owners in Wales have recently held discussions which have resulted in a unanimous vote to remove all ties with UK FootGolf, to declare independence, and to form our own association for the promotion and development of FootGolf in Wales – the FootGolf Association of Wales.
Our new association will be led by Bleddyn Jones as the President, with the support of a board and various committees (information on these will be published soon) and we will create an honest, open and transparent culture throughout the Association that will be at the heart of everything we do. In FootGolf terms, Wales is a small nation. We have just two 18-hole courses and a relatively small presence in recent national competitions. Recently however we have seen a boom in new players, both in North Wales which has traditionally been the home of Welsh FootGolf, but also excitingly in South Wales where Nick Reynolds has been growing the sport exponentially. While we will be taking baby steps to begin with, our ultimate aim is to be recognised as an official member nation of the FIFG which would in turn allow Wales to compete in international events such as Euro FootGolf and the World Cup.
We launched our inaugural tour on 1st January 2021, and expect the attendance to be strong with the increased interest in FootGolf in both North and South Wales. It is difficult to confirm dates at the moment due to the ongoing Covid situation, but we will be organising a Winter series in the meantime as an introduction to our new Association, and to give players a hint of what they can expect from us going forward. Lockdown permitting, our tour is not just for the Welsh – we will be proud to welcome anyone from any country and any background who wants to come and play FootGolf in our beautiful country.
The growth of social FootGolf has always been very important to the success of FootGolf in Wales. We will continue to run club teams in Wales, and we hope to form a Welsh division very soon with the full backing of Paul Boulton and the National FootGolf Club League. The health of FootGolf in Wales is reflected in our social FootGolf scene – we will aim to create new clubs where possible to and to build on some of the fantastic work that has been achieved by Dyffryn Clwyd FootGolf Centre and by Nick Reynolds over recent months. Club and social FootGolf is an integral part of our plan going forward, and the greater control that we now have of Welsh FootGolf means that we can support our clubs better than ever.
There will be plenty of information to follow over the coming days, but we’d like to invite everyone to follow and like us on all of our social media channels (@fgawales on both Twitter and Instagram). As an added incentive, if you like or follow any of our pages in the next 7 days you will be entered into a free draw to win a Wales shirt with free worldwide shipping. The Wales shirt is yet to be designed, but when we have it in early 2021, you could be one of the first to wear it – as long as you wear it with pride!
If you have any questions, please message us, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CYMRU AM BYTH!