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He tackles, hitting you at top speed.
You feel your feet lift off the ground and brace yourself for impact.
But instead of a landing with a sickening thud on the floor, you bounce straight back up.
'Thank goodness I was in a bubble,' you think as your teammates bounce around you.
Bubble football, is a new take on the traditional sport, but players are wearing ‘bubbles’ so they can collide without causing too much damage to each other.
James Scutts, a video producer for High Profile in Gravesend, first played the sport for his birthday in February, and said it was such a success that everyone wanted to play it again.
Mr Scutts, 27, and his friends decided that they would use the second tournament to raise money for charity and chose EllenorLions hospices.
Through his work, Mr Scutts, has been fortunate to meet some of the people that the hospice has helped and said: “It is an incredible charity that does so much more than I ever knew before working with them.”
The charity tournament was at Northfleet Technical College on April 6, and they managed to raise £252 for EllenorLions Hospices.
Mr Scutts said: “We signed up 32 players aged between 19 and 59, and they all thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
“While it might look dangerous, it isn’t, just very very tiring, especially when playing over a 3 hour period.
“There was certainly a few people aching the next morning but the only lasting injuries were bruised egos and I’m sure we’ll be organising another tournament soon.”
Mr Scutts and his friend Richard Brown hired the bubbles from Bubble Footy in Maidstone.
Mr Scutts added that: “After a brief chat with Keith the owner about our plans he was extremely supportive and even knocked additional money off our hire.”
The sport first took off after a Norwegian TV show clip on YouTube.
It is currently played around the world including Australia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Britain and the USA.
Lee Moseley from Bracknell in Berkshire is credited as the man behind the UK boom, when he left his job as an asbestos surveyor to set up a company to make the bubbles.
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