The Golf Foundation maintains a network of approved junior friendly facilities that are committed to working in the local community and then providing follow-on coaching opportunities...
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The Junior Golf Passport is the Golf Foundation’s national structured learning programme for children aged 6-12 years, endorsed by the PGA....
As a result of announcement of a national lockdown on the 4th January, Golf clubs, golf facilities and driving ranges in England will be required to close during this period.
Courses remain closed in Wales. As a result, there should be no junior activity or coaching at these facilities. Golf courses in Scotland remain open subject to guidance from Scottish Golf below:
Golf clubs in England can access the Play safe guidance developed by England Golf which is constantly updated following any future announcements. PGA coaches can also access the dedicated Covid-19 resource Hub for the latest advice and guidance on coaching, retail and business support.
Our charity team will keep in touch with our network of coaches to ensure that all the great recent work introducing young people to golf can continue when we get back to play and learning in our clubs and schools. Our best wishes here to all coaches, volunteers and their young players. Stay safe, well, and keep talking golf with your young players in the weeks ahead.
The 'Start, Learn and Stay' philosophy in action
Under the banner of HSBC Golf Roots we have designed a range of programmes to encourage young people to enjoy learning the game at a junior-friendly golf facility.
START: We support clubs to undertake outreach work and then welcome new participants to their venue. Approved HSBC Golf Roots Centres are eligible to apply for grant-aid and the Foundation's team of Regional Development Officers is available to provide advice on how to link with school and community groups.
LEARN: Once at the club, our national structured learning programme for children, the Junior Golf Passport, is a great way for children to learn the game under the expert supervision of a PGA Professional. The Passport is also popular with parents and is helping to attract more families along to golf clubs.
STAY: The Golf Foundation is working with its national partners to ensure that young people are welcomed and valued in the golf club environment. An innovative example of creating/maintaining interest is the 'Box of Tricks': a pilot resource featuring 40-plus winning idea cards to boost junior sections. Each featured suggestion in the Box has helped inspire young people and families and can be shared from club to club.
The Golf Foundation believes a strong junior section has many benefits for golf clubs. We want to help facilities to address barriers to participation and improve access for young players. One simple way clubs can improve young golfers is to allow them to play in club competitions and we expect all the clubs we work with to provide these opportunities. If you would like some advice on how to implement this, please speak to your local Regional Development Officer.