Supporting Junior Golf
Support available for golf clubs and Junior Organisers
England Golf are committed to supporting clubs to develop structured junior sections, we have created a variety of initiatives and resources, below are some of the initiatives and resources available:
Junior Organisers' Handbook
A key resource for any Junior Organiser and/or club with a junior section. This can be purchased from the England Golf online shop for £10 or downloaded from www.englandgolf.org
Club Junior Offer (Pilot)
The Club Junior Offer is a pilot programme being delivered in 2014/15 which aims to support 130 HSBC Golf centres to retain junior golfers, increase junior membership and to develop a stronger junior section.
GolfMark is a national accreditation (incorporating Clubmark) that has been designed to support all golf clubs to achieve distinct operating standards in the main four areas of a club’s business activity. For more details see www.golfmark.org.
Recruitment & Retention Toolkit
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 and can be purchased from the online shop for £15.00
Junior Handicapping Scheme
Through the 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 at http://www.congu.com/Junior.htm
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.
HSBC Golf Roots - Schools & Community
England Golf works alongside the Golf Foundation who promote golf within schools and the community. HSBC Golf Roots is the overarching name for the Golf Foundation's activity.
Family Golf Day
England Golf is looking to support clubs which are interested in delivering family golf days. With 42% of young people not knowing how to get started in golf and over 57% stating they would be encouraged to give golf a go if family and friends played with them, running a family golf day seems an ideal solution.
England Golf have produced guidance on planning a family golf day, this covers before, during and after an event. Also two free editable posters are available to help promote your event. Download editable posters; version one here and version two here.
Download 'Planning a family golf day' document here.
For more information about the Golf Foundation please visit www.golf-foundation.org. To get involved with these programs and for advice on how to link with school and community groups contact the Golf Foundation Regional Officers.
England Golf Regional Managers have a sound understanding of how to best support golf clubs within their region and can provide local support in developing junior golf at your club. To find your regional manager please go to www.englandgolf.org.
To get involved with these programmes and for advice on how to get more young people into golf and retain them please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.