Thousands of young golfers are set for National Skills Challenge

Skills Challenge winners

Over 6000 young golfers from almost 800 clubs in England are already registered for the 2013 National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy – and there’s still time to join them.

The Challenge, which is endorsed by Lee Westwood, aims to make practice fun for young golfers and help them improve their putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and the long game. It also offers the best players the chance to compete at regional and national finals.

This is the fourth year that FootJoy has supported the Challenge with prizes and gifts for competitors at the regional and national finals.

Russell Lawes, FootJoy's European Marketing Manager, said: “The National Skills Challenge is a great programme that helps develop the skills of junior golfers across the country.

The teaching sessions are conducted in a fun, informative and relaxed environment and we look forward to monitoring the progress of this year’s participants, as well as wishing all players the very best of luck.”

Registered clubs receive free resources to support their junior coaching, including manuals, certificates and scorecards, and they can also take the opportunity to hold two official Challenge events.

This year, Challenge 1 can be held between Saturday, 2 March and Sunday, 5 May, while Challenge 2 can be held between Monday, 6 May and Sunday, 7 July.

Clubs which hold both official events can input their players’ scores on the national online leaderboard and the leading competitors will be eligible for one of four regional finals. These will be held in August and the qualifiers will go forward to the national final at the National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa in September.

The National Skills Challenge is an initiative of the England Golf Partnership – which works to grow the game – and is run by the development team at England Golf. It is just one aspect of England Golf’s commitment to developing junior golf, alongside other resources, such as the GolfMark award scheme and the Junior Organisers’ Handbook.

For more information about the National Skills Challenge please visit Clubs may register at any time of year.

Image shows the 2012 winners of the National Skills Challenge.