Getting in the Swing and Giving Golf a Go
Nearly 100 children, from Year 3 upwards, had a great day ‘giving golf a go’ on Wednesday 3 August. The golf taster day, organised by Claires Court Holiday Activities, was run in conjunction with Huntswood Golf Club and delivered, thanks to support and funding from ‘HSBC Golf Roots Plus’.
Starting at the Holiday Activities base at the school’s College Avenue site, the group learnt the skills for TriGolf and StreetGolf. In TriGolf, the younger children were introduced to a form of mini golf, with fun games and activities. They worked on valuable life skills too - such as perseverance and concentration. Through the StreetGolf sessions, girls and boys enjoyed a different, edgy and versatile take on golf - challenging them to think creatively, and through the innovative use of everyday equipment, design new ways of playing the traditional game.
The afternoon’s session took place at Huntswood Golf Course, in Burnham, where with 13 stations to work round, the young golfers learnt and honed their chipping, putting and driving skills, took aim on the driving range and faced the challenge of lifting their balls out of bunkers.
Jennifer Thomas, parent of three boys said, “The day was amazing, the children had a fabulous time and not surprisingly now want to take up golf! They came away with some fantastic goodies. From start to finish it was a great experience; the day just kept building and building, ending on a real high with a lovely bar-b-que.”
Lynne Constantine, Business Development Manager said, “We had around 100 boys and girls join us from all walks of life. It was a delight to be able to welcome young carers and children who would not normally be able to access golf. For some it was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and for others, it opened their eyes to a new sport that can be accessible to all. The Huntswood team were on hand all day, coaching and guiding the players and looking out for those youngsters who were keen and showed potential and enthusiasm for golf - with an eye on growing and developing new talent for the future. We are looking forward to hearing who has been granted the golf scholarships. Thank you to everyone involved. The support and expertise from all parties was tremendous. The day was a huge success.”
The ‘HSBC Golf Roots Plus’, programme runs local projects to make golf more accessible to young people. The project is committed to ensuring that all young people, irrespective of race, gender, disability, religion, poverty or personal circumstances have the opportunity to ‘enjoy golf and the benefits it has to offer’ and to help them to ‘Start, Learn & Stay’ in the sport. As well as giving access to golf, the project focuses on life skills, aiming to enhance young people’s lives, using golf as a catalyst.
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