I can see the enemy a few yards away, I begin to creep
up on them scuttling behind rubble and barricades. When I am close enough
I raise my gun and unleash a volley of shots at the enemy. Red spots appear
on his jacket and I hear him yelp and say “ok, ok I’m dead
No, this is not an article about guerrilla warfare in foreign climes
it is about paintball in Brailsford. This new and exiting sport is great
if you want the biggest adrenalin rush you can get without actually being
chased by machete wielding fanatics. It can cost as little as forty pounds
for a whole day (twenty five pounds for a half day) and from first hand
experience I can tell you it is definitely worth it.
The experience starts off quite sedately when you get your kit handed
out for the day, then there is a talk about what wildlife you can see
on your rampage through the forest and how you need to watch out for alligators
and killer chaffinch, but as soon as you get down to the site of the previous
day’s battles the whole mood changes.
You are told the best places to shoot the opponents, how best to play
each game and how, if you get stuck in the woods overnight, it is best
to kill and cook a pigeon for dinner.
The games can get very intense with about twenty people on each team,
it is truly a test of whether or not you are a man, who will fight, or
a mouse, who just runs away squeaking.
When you first start the day you will probably be timid and want to just
hide behind a tree, but after you get your first kill and as soon as the
adrenalin starts to rush around your body you want to be there in the
thick of the action mowing down anything in your path, with your air powered
In one day you can play approximately eight games, which believe me is
enough, and you also get a five minute break in between each game to grab
a drink or snack and clean the blood of your enemies from your weapon!
In the middle of the day you also get dinner, generously cooked by the
wounded from the previous day!
Don’t worry if paintball is not your cup of tea, as there are lots
of other exciting things you can do there like buggy racing and quad biking.
Younger children are not allowed to participate as the paintballs do
hurt sometimes, particularly if fired a little close to the target. However,
this is a rare occurrence as the marshals are on hand to make sure everything
runs smoothly and are extremely safety conscious.
So if you like what you have heard and you wish to go and butcher Bill
from class I.T at a game for real men then get down to Wild Park Leisure
at Brailsford, but make sure you book early as the places get snatched
up quickly. It is great fun with your mates and even better when you go
home and show off your bruises, making you look like Rambo, or at least
someone that can take a few paintballs to the leg and not run off crying!