New grant helps young golfers14th May, 2013 by Tania Sansom
English clubs and ranges can benefit from a new grant to help attract and grow junior golf.
England Golf’s £300 Junior Development Grant – which must be matched by the club or range – will help GolfMark clubs and RangeMark driving ranges, facilities that England Golf has awarded as junior and beginner friendly.
The money can be used to offer structured coaching sessions with PGA professionals and activities to attract boys and girls and encourage them to progress and stay in the sport.
There are currently 630 GolfMark clubs and 37 RangeMark ranges. The grant is available to all facilities that hold an up-to-date award and may be applied for at any time until March 31, 2014.
Richard Flint, England Golf’s development manager, said: “England Golf is committed to supporting and rewarding the hard work of all GolfMark and RangeMark facilities. This grant will help them provide opportunities for young people to get into golf and to encourage them to remain within our sport and become the adult members of the future.”
He added that the new grant is just part of England Golf’s commitment to junior golf.
In addition to GolfMark and RangeMark, England Golf runs the National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy. Over 6,000 children from almost 800 clubs are registered for the challenge, which aims to make practice fun for young golfers and help them improve their putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and the long game.
Clubs and ranges can register online at any time and receive a variety of free resources, see www.getintogolf.org/skills.
The latest edition of the England Golf Junior Organisers’ Handbook was published earlier this year. This is a complete guide for anyone involved in running a junior section and is available to buy or download free from www.englandgolf.org.
The network of County Golf Partnerships also offers clubs and ranges support for activities for the over-14s.
Information about the new Junior Development Grant has been sent to GolfMark and RangeMark facilities. Details are also available online, together with an application form, at www.englandgolf.org/juniorgrant.