as reported by devonlive.com,

Former Liverpool and Aston Villa forward Collymore ‘enjoyed every minute’ of his Footgolf debut in Devon.

Collymore, who also represented England during the 1990s, took part in the UK FootGolf National season opening event in Bovey Tracey on Sunday.

The sports broadcaster was joined by current World number one Ben Clarke and UK Champion Jamie Cullum.

After taking part in the sport, Collymore tweeted his approval of FootGolf.

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He said: “Thank you very much for inviting me, thoroughly enjoyed it and I’d love some more please!”

The former Nottingham Forest star added: “loved it!!”

The sport currently has two tours, a national tour and a super series, with 24 events from now until October. Players will be looking to qualify for The FootGolf World Cup which kicks off in Marrakech in December.

The UK Footgolf Association was established in January 2012 and the first UK competition happened in September that year. In November 2014 it was officially the UK’s fastest growing sport.

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Last summer there were reckoned to be 60,000 leisure players every week and 95,000 official members at 250 affiliated courses in the UK.

What is Footgolf?

Footgolf is played similarly to golf, with the exception that players use a football instead of a golf ball, and the ball is kicked rather than struck with a club,working toward a 21-inch “cup” in place of the usual golf hole.

The player who finishes the course with the fewest shots win. Footgolf is often played on golf courses, though it may also be played on specially built grass footgolf courses. The first shot has to be played from the tee box, and bunkers, trees, water and hills must be crossed or avoided in order to reach the hole.

As footballs cannot be propelled as far as golf balls in one shot, footgolf is played on holes shorter than those used in golf. For instance, one course in California features holes that average 157 yards. Pars are typically 5 shots or fewer.

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