Alison Nicholas teaches juniors at Hagley GC
Solheim Cup winning captain Alison Nicholas MBE, and rising ladies’ European Tour star Felicity Johnson, have been teaching youngsters at Hagley Golf & Country Club in the West Midlands.
The two golfers are ‘HSBC Golf Roots’ ambassadors for the charity, the Golf Foundation. The pair both have close ties with the Hagley club and were only too happy to bring along their recently won trophies to inspire the youngsters, including the Solheim Cup, won by the European team in September at Killeen Castle, Ireland.
As an HSBC Golf Roots Centre, Hagley Golf & Country Club Golf Academy is encouraging golf to boys and girls from the local area. The junior section is 100 strong and the club’s coaching team has also been taking Golf Foundation Tri-Golf and Golf Xtreme into many local schools.
Welcoming Alison and Felicity were pupils from Haybridge High School, in Hagley, who had been invited along to the club for a special coaching clinic from the two top golfers. Before demonstrating some shots, Alison talked about her Solheim Cup experiences and Felicity discussed her victory in the Lacoste French Open in October, answering all the youngster’s questions.
Jason Sorrell, Golf Foundation regional development officer, said: “This was a fantastic event and we can’t thank Alison and Felicity enough for their support. Although they are well-known by members at Hagley, to co-ordinate this day where local youngsters could see their trophies and learn how to hit shots was clearly very inspiring. The support of Alison and Felicity as Golf Roots ambassadors in this region has been excellent.”
Gareth Snelgrove, teaching professional at Hagley, said: “Felicity and Alison clearly understand that it is vital to support the next generation of golfers and I can’t think of two more unselfish people who are at the top of their sports.
“The feedback we received from the schoolchildren and their teachers was really brilliant. Another good part of the day was that junior members from Hagley have been trained as ‘Young Leaders’ and they assisted us in welcoming our young visitors, and helped Alison and Felicity put on a really good clinic.”
Golf Foundation HSBC Golf Roots programmes aim to reach one million youngsters a year through golf by 2013, working in partnership with the golfing bodies in England, Wales and Scotland. HSBC Golf Roots provides the technical skills of golf but also the ‘Skills for Life’ that golf offers young people.
Supporters of HSBC Golf Roots include The R&A, The European Tour, the Professional Golfers’ Association, the Ryder Cup Committee and Trust, the British Golf Industry Association’s ‘Grow Golf’ Fund and Sport England.