Tri-Golf Festival for Hackney youngsters a huge success
Vibrant Partnerships and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority joined forces with Hackney Council and the Golf Foundation recently to host a Tri-Golf Skills Festival for local schoolchildren. Hosted at Queensbridge Sport & Community Centre, more than 80 youngsters from the local area had the opportunity to enjoy a fun, exciting introduction to the sport led by qualified PGA coaches.
The Tri-Golf Skills Festival teed off with groups of children tackling eight different games that highlighted various sporting skills and techniques. As well as an introduction to golf itself, the enthusiastic youngsters also benefited from the opportunity to build vital life skills such as respect, teamwork and co-operation.
Designed for children of all abilities that would not normally have access to the sport, the Tri-Golf initiative aims to give children and young people the opportunity to experience golf and the benefits it has to offer. The successful event at Queensbridge Sport & Community Centre is to be the first of many that offer skills development – both sporting and social – to young people within the Hackney borough.
Sessions will be introduced at Lee Valley Golf Course to allow more children to get a taster of the sport, whilst local schools will be provided with the training and resources to enable teachers, coaches and volunteers to spread the programme knowledge within the community.
James Hetherington, The Golf and Accommodation Manger at Vibrant Partnerships said: “Vibrant Partnerships and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority were delighted to support the London Borough of Hackney Council’s Tri-Golf Festival. It’s vital for children to have access and engage in new sporting activities that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. The Tri-Golf Festival provided the children with the opportunity to develop skills for life within a fun environment. We hope this is just a first of many golfing events in and around the borough.”
Omarie Mears, Youth Sports Worker at Hackney Council said: “Through the Tri-Golf Skills Festival we raised awareness of the sport, and provided young people who may never have played or watched golf before, the opportunity to try something that is new to them, develop their skills and gain a sense of achievement.”
Daisy Brierley from the Golf Foundation said: “It is great that Hackney delivered a successful Tri-Golf Skills Festival, and with the support from Lee Valley this event was a memorable day for the young people taking part. With few golf facilities in the local area it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the sport and what it has to offer to all ages.”
For more information on Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the Lee Valley Golf Course visit https://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/en/content/cms/outdoors/golf/golf-courses-in-london/