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WATCH: Bump or be bumped in latest sporting craze

Oct 1st, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, Sport

‘BUBBLE SOCCER’ is the latest sporting phenomenon to have reached New Zealand from Europe and America.

Wellington Indoor Sports now provides an unorthodox form of regular football at shed one on the waterfront.

The social game is five-a-side where players wear spheres made of transparent plastic to minimise injury.

Facilities and event manager Matt Wilson says the game is growing in popularity, is aimed at anyone looking to have a fun time over the weekend, and is suitable for anyone aged over 13.

“We conduct a 10-minute safety briefing before every game. There is a very minimal chance of injury,” Wilson says.

“It’s a good way for beginners to ease into the sport in a different format, even if they don’t like football they’ll enjoy bumping into their mates.”

Matthew Reeve, 19, recently played with friends and described it as “a blast”.

“It was very fun, the person running it was very down-to-earth.  It wasn’t busy when we went so we had a bit of extra time which was good,” he says.

“Especially for people of our age, it was good to get competitive and get a bit dirty.”

He says it appeals to rugby players who enjoy a more contact sport. It is not necessarily aimed at people who actually play football.

“The best part is putting the hits on, getting at your friends, getting revenge mostly.”

Mr Reeve and his friends plan to go back before the end of the year with a larger group to compete with.

Wellington Indoor Sports books groups of eight to 12 people on Fridays 4pm-9pm, Saturdays 9am–5pm and Sundays 9am–3pm for $150 an hour.

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