The federation in Poland was founded at the end of 2014. FootGolf Poland has big plans. Roman Fedorczuk says: they can built on the five million footballers. Interview with the Polish president.
After founding the federation in Poland, what is the situation now?
We have one golf course, we can use for playing FootGolf. Postolowo Golf & Country Club is one of the oldest Polish golf courses and most spectacular, rated best in Poland in 2014 and on the list of 100 best courses in Europe. It is in the area of Gdansk, on the Baltic coast. Not only local players use the course, we have had visitors from London and Scandinavia, also members of Polish national football team have been playing FootGolf at Postolowo. First Warsaw Golf & Country Club is building a nine-hole course (in addition to the exisiting 18 holes) and FootGolf will be there, sometime this year. Here, in Warsaw, we will start national marketing and promotion.
Is it hard to promote this new sport?
The first step is to get more courses to accept us as a new sport. We are leaders in golf promotion in Poland, but introducing new sport is not an easy task. It is developing slowly. FootGolf can help to multiply the number of participants in the golf houses. There are 3000-5000 golfers in Poland. It is a very low number considering that golf was introduced to Poland in 1990. With FootGolf we can easily double that number within three years. Polish golf owners are afraid of that golfers will not accept FootGolfers. Aproximately five million people know how to play football in my country, it is a huge base for our sport. Think about it, if just one percent of them will play FootGolf…
What are the plans?
We have a FootGolf league including approximately eighty people. First national FootGolf championship will take place in July, and in September we are going to hold Polish FootGolf Open Championship, hopefully with many international player. We are also getting ready for the World Cup, but it is expensive for individuals to participate from Poland, so we are looking for Polish football players in USA. There is a huge Polish community and I hope I can convince them to play under the Polish flag. But there is also polish community in Argentina so the chances are good to have a Polish Team there.