A former Brentford youth team footballer is looking to take the country by storm in an altogether different sport – footgolf.

After being released by the Bees 10 years ago, Scotchford carved out a non-league career with the likes of Egham, Molesey, Hanworth Villa and Staines Lammas before hanging up his boots.

Instead, he is getting his footie fix by booting balls around a golf course, in a new sport which has taken off worldwide over the past few years.

Footgolf follows the same rules as golf and is played on hybrid courses, with the bigger footgolf holes being covered when golf is being played.

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Scotchford has got into the game so much that he spends his spare time when not working as a firefighter organising ranking footgolf tournaments for the London and SE region.

He said: “I'm basically no longer involved with football due to the fact I'm running the London Marathon this year, so decided to have a season out to reduce the risk of injury.

“With all the free weekends I've had, late last year I came across what I think could go on to be one of the most popular sports in the world, with the first world cup next year.

“My infatuation with footgolf has lead me to a position where as from March I will be running my own UK ranking events, which footgolfers will come from all over the country to play in.

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“There's been some big names already promoting the sport, such as Jimmy Bullard, Danny Murphy, and Delon Armitage.”

Players are nationally ranked in an order of merit, scored on tournaments they play in, and last year's UK winner and number two, Ben Clarke and Nick Iron, were at a tournament organised by Scotchford at Sunbury Golf Club last Sunday.

He said: “Ben came first, coming in 13 under par, while Paul Oliver, who is a golf pro at Addington, was second on eight under. Three of us tied on seven under in third place and went into a play-off, which I won.

“Having done well against some of the best players in Britain, I hope to make my mark on the national rankings when they begin again in March.”

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