This £26,000-a-year private school is going to build a golf centre that tour players will use

Tania Longmire
By Tania Longmire July 21, 2014 05:32 Updated

The wealthy and elite private school, Loretto, near Edinburgh in Scotland, is to build its own golf centre.

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Loretto School


The £26,000-a-year establishment, which already has its own golf academy and prides itself on having the ‘UK’s top boarding school’s golf school’, says the centre, which will open next year will have a teaching studio, a video analysis suite featuring ball flight and putting analysis, and pitching and putting facilities.

The centre will be built in a disused swimming pool and the school hopes the facility will be one of the best of its kind in the whole of Europe.

“Small schools need unique selling points in order for them to thrive,” headteacher Graham Hawley told Edinburgh Evening News.

“The golf academy at Loretto is a hugely significant project for us to cement our place as the number one golf programme within the country. It’s going to be terrific for all the pupils at the school – girls, boys and particularly the younger ones.”

The school has said non-pupils will have access to the golf centre as well, with a spokesman adding that it will become ‘a terrific resource and facility for the whole community’.

National squads will also be able to use the centre to practice, thanks to the school’s relationship with the Scottish Golf Union (SGU.

“Loretto is currently supporting golf development at all levels from introductory Clubgolf through to performance,” said Steve Paulding, SGU performance manager.

“They have been a long-term sponsor of the SGU and are now even offering a SGU scholarship going forward. Building these strong partnerships is critical to helping us grow the game and compete on the world stage.”

Tour player Catriona Matthew added: “To have more indoor facilities is a great benefit to get people into the game, particularly in the winter. It’s a great opportunity and I wish I’d had that when I was younger.”

The school counts two living chancellors of the exchequer, Alistair Darling and Norman Lamont, among its alumni. It also has a 300 seat theatre and 600 seat chapel in its grounds.

 

Tania Longmire
By Tania Longmire July 21, 2014 05:32 Updated
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