You will need
- Something to mark lines (for example, chalk, masking tape, or rope)
- Tarpaulins or old sheets
Before you begin
Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessment that’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here.
Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:
- Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session.
- Make sure people clean their hands before using any equipment and again as soon as they’ve finished using it.
- Tell people to kick the ball wherever possible – they shouldn’t need to pick it up with their hands.
- Clean equipment between different users where you can.
Set up a course
- The person leading the activity should design a basic course. They should mark out some holes and teeing boxes. It’s a good idea to have at least one hole for every two players, so people don’t wait for too long between turns.
- The person leading the activity should add some obstacles between the tee boxes and holes to act like sandy bunkers and water hazards.
- The first player at each hole should gently kick their football into the teeing box to start their turn.
- The first player at each hole should take aim, kick their football towards the hole, and count ‘one’.
- Once their football’s stopped moving, the first player at each hole should kick it towards the hole again and count ‘two’.
- The players should keep going until their football reaches the hole (or marked out section). They should keep track of how many times they had to kick the ball at each hole.
- Once everyone’s had a turn at each hole, everyone should compare their scores. The person who kicked the ball the fewest number of times is the winner.
Footgolf is a great way to do some gentle exercise while developing technique and working on skills such as positioning and passing the ball. Ask everyone to think of some other benefits of footgolf. People might suggest that it’s an inclusive sport: lots of people can enjoy walking football, including some people who have limited mobility, are recovering from injuries, or are older.
Encourage everyone to discuss some other team sports that could be made more inclusive, while still keeping players active. How could they adapt the rules, equipment, or setting so everyone can play? Remember, making sports inclusive is about finding a way that everyone can fully participate, have fun, and work towards their own goals.
- Active games
The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.
Make it accessible
All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.