National StreetGolf Competition
The Golf Foundation stages its National StreetGolf Championship Final every summer, an event growing in popularity and size each year.
The 2016 event coincided with the ‘Euro 2016’ football in June. Youngsters from community golf programmes across 16 Premier League and Championship football clubs wore their favourite teams’ football strips to compete for the coveted title of National StreetGolf Champions at the 3 Hammers Golf Complex, near Wolverhampton.
The finalists for the event had been introduced to golf through StreetGolf activities at a variety of local facilities including events at the actual football grounds of Crystal Palace and Derby County. It’s mixing Vardy with Vardon, or Rory with Ronaldo, to offer golf to boys and girls who follow their favourite football teams in communities which might not normally consider golf as an option.
Thanks to a partnership with Premier League 4 Sport (PL4S), Sport England and Get into Golf, the Golf Foundation has developed StreetGolf as an exciting new initiative for teenagers which introduces them to golf in their own community before providing the opportunity to play at the local golf club with help from the resident and junior-friendly PGA Professional Coach. The day had everything: kids from England and Wales enjoying golf together, shaking hands and calling good shots. In sunshine and showers the youngsters played adapted formats such as ‘Super Sixes’ and ‘Flag Golf’, all designed to ensure that the young people have a great experience playing in a big competition on a real golf course.
Teams present were from the following football club projects: Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Everton, Hull City, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Stoke City, and Sunderland. For the second year a team from Cardiff City won the team prize (‘Cardiff Two’), with second place going to Middlesbrough. Golf Foundation National Development Manager Martin Crowder said: “The Golf Foundation and its partners aim to provide all the youngsters involved with a pathway into golf clubs and potential membership, helping them to enjoy a golf club environment for the first time.”