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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Fun and laughter as bubble football arrives in Cumbria

It's football, but not as you know it...

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Fancy football? Don’t expect to a normal game in Wigton... they’re into bubble soccer

A growing craze which takes the beautiful game to a whole new level has arrived in Cumbria – and be warned, it is not for those lacking a sense of humour.

A new take on zorbing, bubble football quite simply sees grown men attempting a game of soccer while wearing giant inflatable ‘ball’ suits. They have their legs free to kick the ball, but when two players collide they can end up anywhere – upside down, on their side or rolling off across the pitch.

Darren Walker, from Wigton, heard about it through Facebook. “I saw a link, clicked on it and had a look. Then I just thought we have to do this.”

The 25-year-old said it looked like so much fun he knew his mates would want to give it a go, so he started his research. It turns out bubble football is already growing in popularity elsewhere in England but hasn’t yet reached Cumbria.

Darren got a group of 18 friends together and organised for a company to come from Dorset with the equipment. They held their debut match at Wigton Rugby Club at the weekend – and he said they didn’t stop laughing for almost two hours.

“I knew it would be good but it was actually even better than we expected,” he said. “You’re inside the balls so as soon as you get knocked over you are all over the place – by the time you get up again you don’t know where you are or what’s going on,” he said.

“There were 18 of us, aged between 21 to about 34. What was so funny was that you could be standing there trying to play a shot when you just get bowled right over. We had a football and set it off like a five-a-side game but to be honest by the end it was just every man for himself.

“Everyone loved it. We’d definitely do it again. It would be a great thing to do for a carnival day or something like that.”

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