Thorpe St Andrew entrepreneur brings Zoccer UK to Norwich

(Left to right) Miles Blackburn and Paul Drake take part playing new sport Zoccer UK, launched by El

(Left to right) Miles Blackburn and Paul Drake take part playing new sport Zoccer UK, launched by Ellie Kemp; Photo credit: Greg Hayward. - Credit: Archant

A young entrepreneur from Thorpe St Andrew is bringing a new sport to Norwich this weekend.

New business, Zoccer UK, has been launched in Norwich. (Left to right) Adam Sturman, Paul Drake, Tob

New business, Zoccer UK, has been launched in Norwich. (Left to right) Adam Sturman, Paul Drake, Toby Blackburn, Miles Blackburn, Siam Kidd, manager Ellie Kemp, Arwa Salman, Rosa Juarez, Ricardo Santos, Sam Smith, and Jimmy Day are all getting ready to take part; Photo credit: Greg Hayward. - Credit: Archant

Zoccer UK, which began as 'bubble football', mixes together zorbing and football for a hilarious but testing workout.

Ellie Kemp, 29, said she decided to start the sports club after watching a YouTube video of the game online.

'Players wear giant zorbs over the top half of their bodies leaving their legs free to run and essentially, play football.

'The fun comes when you try to tackle other players and end up bouncing all over the place in your inflatable zorb.'


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The sport started in Norway as part of a television show and has since swept across Europe.

'It's just hilarious to watch and even funnier to play.

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'We're such a football-loving nation that a fun, extreme version of football is a great way to unwind and have a laugh with friends.'

Zoccer UK held its first session at the Football Development Centre (FDC) in Bowthorpe last Saturday giving friends and family a chance to trial the sport.

Toby Blackburn, 15, of Dereham, said: 'It is really good fun and is something different. Absolutely amazing.'

Zoccer UK hires out their zorbs for people to hold their own games and tournaments.

Miss Kemp added: 'We think this sport is going to be excellent for team building days, getting out of the office and letting off some steam and just makes a really fun alternative to football.

'It also really tests your fitness and I can't think of a more fun way to work out.'

Miss Kemp plans to make Norwich the home of Zoccer UK before branching out into other areas of the UK.

• Zoccer UK's open sessions begin tomorrow at 11.30am at The Hewett School in Norwich city centre. Entry is £10 on the door or £7 in advance. For more information or to book visit at www.zocceruk.com.

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