The search is on to find and recognise the unsung heroes of golf who inspire others to take up and enjoy the game.
England Golf is seeking nominations for its annual awards which will recognise, celebrate and reward individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to ‘raising our game’ and building a bright future for the sport.
The winners will be those who contribute within golf clubs, schools, county golf partnerships, training schemes, national companies or many other programmes.
The closing date to make a nomination is Friday, 27 November 2015. The awards will be presented at a national conference in April 2016.
The awards support the England Golf Strategic Plan, Raising Our Game, which aims to create more players, more club members, strong golf clubs, winning golfers, outstanding championships, an improved image for golf, and excellent governance.
Past winners include:
Jake Conroy of Little Hay, Hertfordshire, who has cerebral palsy and champions both junior and disability golf and spends much of his time volunteering.
Margaret Bedford of Strawberry Hill, Middlesex, who has transformed the junior section at her club and raised its profile in the local community.
Mark Rozenbroek of One Stop Golf, Hull, who has creating the ‘ultimate golf gaming centre’ where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy the game.
Gareth Snelgrove, a PGA coach of Hagley, Worcestershire, who has created a local pathway offering school pupils a fun taste of the game and follow up opportunities for coaching in the club’s junior academy and golf club membership.
The categories for the 2016 awards are:
Young Volunteer of the Year
Recognising a young individual, aged 25 or under on Friday 27 November 2015, who has shown outstanding dedication and contribution to the game
Volunteer of the Year
Recognising an individual who has shown outstanding dedication and contribution to the game
Lifetime Service Award
Recognising an individual who has contributed to the game over a sustained period of time with outstanding achievement and success
Talent Pathway Award
Recognising a group or individual who have supported talented young players by developing and strengthening the links between the club and the county talent pathway
Recognising a group or individual who have increased the number of regular golfers
Recognising a group or individual who have recruited and retained club members
Recognising a group or individual who has helped to change the image of golf, improve communication in the sport and/or developed partnerships with other organisations