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2020 – Expression of Interest (England)

What is it?
GolfSixes League is a Golf Foundation initiative for junior beginner golfers without a handicap (or one of 37 and above). It offers juniors the opportunity to represent their club in a fun and fast, team based golf format. GolfSixes League is an inter-club competition for local clubs with a simple points scoring system and provides a fun playing experience to retain children’s interest in golf.

How does it work?
Teams take part in a standardised format which can be easily organised and administered by the PGA professional or club volunteer. The competition consists of:

• Minimum 4 teams per league, up to a maximum of 6
• 8 fixtures per league
• 6 short holes adapted depending on facility and number of teams
• Shotgun start where possible (peripheral activities if tee time start)
• Up to a squad of 12 where you may rotate players (ideally a minimum 4 girls per squad)
• Teams of 6 playing each match Pairs Texas Scramble using a point scoring system based on number of strokes taken e.g. 1 stroke = 10 points, 10 strokes = 1 point
• Clubs in the league share hosting the fixtures

Are there any costs involved?
There are no costs to the club for joining a GolfSixes League. We recommend a £30 contribution per participant which can go towards the cost of a ‘Player Pack’ (goody bag, team polo shirt, balls, tees, bag tag, water bottle) and any other expenses such as additional prizes, coaching, or catering when hosting a fixture. Clubs are welcome to subsidise this package or even increase it depending on their offerings but make it clear to parents, participating is worth £30 per player.


What are the benefits of taking part?
Over the last 2 years junior membership at participating GolfSixes League clubs has increased by an average of 34%. Clubs have also seen an increase in revenue from coaching, food and beverage, and shop spend as a result of their involvement with the programme.

Criteria
Have a squad of between 8 and 12 players who would benefit and be retained in golf as a result of participating in GolfSixes League
Have a squad of between 8 and 12 players without a handicap (or one of 37 and above) at the beginning of the league
Identify a GolfSixes League Club Team Manager (PGA Coach or Club Volunteer)
GolfSixes League Team Manager to work collaboratively with local clubs
*Golf Club has a Safeguarding and Protecting Children policy reviewed in the last 3 years in line with latest England Golf template
*GolfSixes League Team Manager has completed a DBS and a UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop, both within 3 years (SafeGolf accredited if PGA Coach)
*Golf Club has a designated Club Welfare Officer (CWO) and completed a UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop within 3 years

*Safeguarding requirements - please speak to your Golf Foundation Officer if you’re working towards these or need some advice.

How do you get involved?
To register your club’s interest in participating in a local GolfSixes League please complete the Expression of Interest form and enter your club’s details before the closing date of Friday 20th December 2019.

Next Steps
Following the closing date the Golf Foundation will contact all successful clubs inviting them to attend a local GolfSixes league meeting in early 2020 where further details and support will be provided.

We will do our very best to accommodate all clubs who register their interest and address any logistical challenges once demand is assessed.

If you have any questions in the meantime please don’t hesitate to contact your Regional Development Officer.

We look forward to working with your club on this exciting new initiative to support junior golf.

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