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Garforth juniors think inside the box...

Youngsters enjoyed an end of season golf party to remember at Garforth Golf Club in Yorkshire as their great golfing efforts over the summer were celebrated with families, members and club staff.

Garforth is a HSBC Golf Roots Centre and has been trialling some of the ideas included in the Golf Foundation/England Golf ‘Box of Tricks’ initiative – which is a resource with nearly 50 top-class ideas and how to apply them, all with the aim of encouraging young golfers so that more girls and boys will ‘stay’ in our golf clubs (more than 300 golf clubs are now using the Box).

For this end of summer celebration a number of the Box’s ideas were in action, as the kids enjoyed a ‘Scavenger Hunt’ in and around the clubhouse to learn more about what makes this Leeds club tick; while older, established junior members mentored youngsters in golf skills challenges and a fun, family Texas Scramble tournament was staged (in one team, dad, mum, son and daughter were playing together to great effect!).

An inflatable net, an indoor golf simulator, refreshments including food brought in by the parents, a relaxed dress code, face painting and a prize giving ceremony made up a myriad of activities all demonstrating the welcoming atmosphere at Garforth GC, and all overseen by the highly enthusiastic and hard-working junior organiser Steve Carlisle, supported in turn by Garforth’s expert PGA Professional, Gareth Johnson.

Golf Foundation RDO Stacey Mitchell said: “It was great to be here today to celebrate the great efforts Steve, club staff and members have made to inspire more juniors. Steve’s incredible hard work is paying dividends and his encouragement of families playing together and his use of the great ideas in the Box of Tricks are making for a winning formula to grow and sustain the junior section at Garforth.”

Steve Carlisle said: “Seeing the happy, smiling faces of juniors and parents makes the job all worthwhile. Feedback from our members has also been great; they have sent me lots of positive messages and the junior section is creating a fantastic reputation within the club.”


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