Supporting Junior Golf
England Golf have created a variety of initiatives and resources to support junior golf and are committed to developing structured junior sections within the club environment.
Below are links to some of the initiatives and resources available to golf clubs:
A key resource for any junior organiser and/or club with a junior section.
The national accreditation scheme that identifies and recognises junior and beginner friendly golf clubs.
England Golf have a Junior Development Grant of £300 available from 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014 for facilities awarded GolfMark or RangeMark.
This grant enables facilities to grow the number of juniors (boys and girls) getting into golf and onto regular participation. Through the provision of structured and regular coaching sessions and activities, participants will progress within the game and will hopefully be retained within the sport.
The National Skills Challenge has been developed for young golfers and is designed to be challenging at all levels but above all it is intended to be fun. Golf clubs can register to take part and receive free resources, including skills activities, manuals, scorecards and certificates.
The Toolkit contains generic ideas and best practice examples which can help a golf club in recruiting and retaining new golfers/members. These ideas can also be used for junior golfers.
Through the recommended CONGU scheme, golf clubs can assign junior handicaps up to 54, making it easier for juniors to obtain their first handicap and allowing competition between players from an early stage. View information on the CONGU Junior Handicapping Scheme.
England Golf are members of the Children in Golf Strategy Group which offers guidance and provides support on how clubs, coaches and counties can approach the issue of safeguarding children in golf.
England Golf work alongside the Golf Foundation who promote golf within schools and the community, which is an effective way to attract more juniors and to engage with the local area. Golf Roots is the overarching name for the Golf Foundation's activity, which includes;
- Golf Roots in Schools - specific programmes using adapted equipment within primary and secondary schools that are designed to encourage young people into golf, with links created with local golf facilities.
- Golf Roots Centres - support for clubs and facilities keen to undertake outreach work.
To get involved with these programmes and for advice on how to link with school and community groups contact the Golf Foundation Regional Officers.