Local attraction Footgolf Stone had some professional visitors as the players from Stoke City Ladies FC have taken a break from their usual training ground to squeeze in a different kind of footy practice.
The new sport, based at Norton Bridge Golf Club, saw the Premier League squad complete 18 holes at the new footgolf course, which was recently launched by Matthew Melling and Elliott Shuttleworth of Flip Out Stoke and Andy Dennis at Norton Bridge Golf Club.
The course comprises 18 football-sized holes and the game involves players avoiding obstacles such as water, bunkers and trees to complete the course in the fewest number of kicks using a football instead of a golf ball.
Elliott Shuttleworth, managing director at Flip Out trampoline park in Stone, said: “It was awesome to welcome Stoke City Ladies FC and their coaches to the footgolf course in Stone. “The course is great fun but can also be quite challenging, so no doubt proved to be a great training and team building exercise.”
Stoke City player Tash Tezgel said: “Footgolf was a fantastic experience, it enabled us to firstly bond with new players and build on previous great friendships doing what we love with a twist! There were some fantastic moments and some heart-breaking ones (because I finished outside the top 5)! Footgolf is something I would recommend to anyone wanting a little fun or a team bonding session and we would definitely come back for another round or two!”
Footgolf is suitable for all ages and abilities, individuals and groups. Players can choose to play nine holes for £10 or 18 holes for £12 at the course, which can be found at Norton Bridge Golf Club, just off the B5066 Stone to Eccleshall Road. Visit www.footgolfstone.co.uk or follow @FootGolfStone on Facebook for more information.