A LIVERPOOL golf club is providing course work with a difference for pupils at a neighbouring school.
PE students from St Julie’s High School have been enjoying coaching sessions at Woolton Golf Club as part of their studies.
The lessons – with the club’s experienced PGA professional Dave Thompson – give the girls practical experience of the sport, the skills required to play and the health and social benefits it brings.
The Year nine and 10 girls are studying PE at GCSE level, but are also now following the Golf Foundation’s Junior Golf Passport scheme.
Woolton Golf Club runs a range of academies aimed at encouraging more people of all ages and abilities into the sport.
A group of volunteers supports the work of the professional in delivering the sessions, which also form part of the national Get into golf drive to grow participation and membership at clubs.
Says Bobby Marsden, chairman of the club’s marketing committee: “Golf is a game for life and can be enjoyed by all the family, irrespective of age or sex.
“By introducing young people to golf the club are providing the basics for them to enjoy the sport for many years into the future and even old age.
“Woolton Golf Club, which is a “Golf Roots Centre”, offers a variety of Golf Academies for all ages and sexes including Juniors during the school holidays and at weekends. These are a great opportunity to get some excellent coaching in a friendly group setting.
“The partnership with St Julie’s is another great way for the club to become involved in the local community while parents can also be part of the process by logging on to the Golf Foundation website to follow their daughter’s progress and monitor the various steps in their learning programme.”
A spokesperson for the school said: “We are delighted to have been given this opportunity to work with Woolton Golf Club. A sport such as golf is vital to develop a range of skills in young people on both a practical and social level.
“Our students have thoroughly enjoyed the programme and we look forward to continuing to work with Woolton Golf Club in the future.”
Comments from the students included:
“I have really enjoyed the weekly golf sessions which have taught me skills I thought I never had! Once the programme finishes I would like to continue playing golf”.
“Over the past few weeks I have developed skills in a range of areas and had the opportunity to work with pro-golf experts”.
Adam McAlister, county officer for the Lancashire Golf Development Group, says: “This is a great example of a golf club taking a proactive approach to reaching out to the local community and establishing links that benefit all concerned.
“It is great to showcase the fun that can be had from playing golf to people at such a young age and they will be learning skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”
Andy Leigh, Golf Foundation North West regional development officer, says: “It is great that Woolton Golf Club have developed a schools programme that is now having a positive impact at the club.
“As a Junior Golf Passport user they have a learning scheme in place, with great support, that can take those new to the game to a level where they can become ready for regular play. Using HSBC Golf Roots funding from the Golf Foundation, Woolton Golf Club have been able to offer free taster sessions to local schools and then offer follow on sessions.”
Get into golf is the national campaign to inspire adults to take up golf and play more often.
Run by England Golf and supported by Sport England National Lottery funding, it is delivered locally by golf clubs and PGA professionals offering a range of low-cost beginner courses and follow-on opportunities.
They are a fun and sociable way to start golf – and a great way to make new friends.
To find your nearest centre visit getintogolf.org/ and look at the activity map or call 0800 118 2766.
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