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Passport to success

By David Birtill

PGA professionals based in the North West attended training workshops at Blackley and Hale clubs for the Golf Foundation Junior Golf Passport scheme, which is thriving in the area.

They were run by regional development officer Andy Leigh who explained how the initiative sets youngsters, new to the game, on the way to their first handicap.

Blackley is registered for the PGA-endorsed learning programme, which also encourages clubs to connect with their local communities and offer organised coaching first in schools and then back at the club.

Leigh said: “It is one of an increasing number of clubs which recognise that working directly with the Golf Foundation can support the junior game nationally while also helping to grow their own memberships.

“A professional’s coaching portfolio is also enhanced through the project while serving to help grow the family golf provision throughout the golf club as a whole.”

Over at Hale, representatives from clubs in Lancashire, Cheshire and Staffordshire and a number of professionals and volunteers were trained to use the programme.

Leigh added: “The workshops always encourage good discussion around this important area of development.”

Club pro Richard Booth said: “I found the workshop very useful and I got some good reminders out of it, plus some fresh ideas.”

To date, more than 650 clubs and 800-plus club PGA professionals are registered for the scheme.