The Golf Foundation has developed a training pathway for young volunteers linked to the Youth Sport Trust’s Step into Sport programme. Interested young leaders can help supervise a game at a Tri-Golf festival with training available from either the Regional Development Officer or Leadership Academy Coordinator. They can then attend a full 2-hour Tri-Golf workshop, followed by the 6-hour Junior Golf Leaders Workshop and ultimately a PGA Level 1 course.
Please note that all candidates for the Junior Golf Leaders Workshop should have attended the Tri-Golf workshop and priority will be given to those projects with a defined link to a local golf club and opportunities for young volunteers to assist with activities at the golf club. To book a workshop, please contact your Regional Development Officer.
All Junior Golf Leaders can register their volunteering hours on England Golf’s Volunteer Programme at: www.golfvolunteers.org
HSBC Golf Roots Youth Panel
A Youth Panel was set up to help develop a new urban element of Golf Roots. Following the success of a project sponsored by Citi group and East London Business Alliance in East London as part of the London 2012 legacy where local young people played against employees of Citi bank in a series of street golf challenges, the Youth Panel will design further challenges as well as the training to go alongside it and deliver the challenges to their peers and younger participants. The idea is to enthuse more young people age 16 to 19 years to take up golf by trying it in their own backyard or estate. Marlan, a member of the panel who lives in Tower Hamlets commented: ‘The guys on our estate would love this way of playing golf and I know that they would give it a go – I would like to run a session right now’. In fact, Marlan will be running the first street golf sessions in Tower Hamlets over the next month!
Between them, the 6 members of the youth panel have experience of living and working on projects in East London, sitting on the national England Golf Youth Panel and playing county level golf. Their drive and enthusiasm to develop a new form of golf that is played away from traditional golf facilities using the almost golf ball and Golf Xtreme equipment is quite outstanding! The plan is to test out the street golf ideas in East London over 2011 and then roll out the concept to all HSBC Golf Roots city projects in 2012.