Somerset continues to Grow the Game for the Future
Earlier this year Somerset was selected to be one of just 4 counties to work closely with England Golf on the development of a junior golf.
Lee Dolby, England Golf’s Young People Manager, commented: “It’s vital that we address the challenges facing junior golf. Somerset and the other three counties have enormous commitment and enthusiasm for developing junior golf and involving more young people.
“I am very much looking forward to working with them over the next couple of years to see how much of an impact we can have and how we can inspire a love of golf to last a lifetime.”
Somerset is already deeply committed to growing junior golf and wants to build on its county coaching structure and junior leagues.
Tommy Tulk Chairman of The Somerset Golf Union “This is a great opportunity for us and we’re looking forward to some excellent results. It is very good news for our clubs and the county.”
Ellie Harper President of The Somerset Ladies County Golf Association “It’s a great opportunity and the timing is perfect particularly for young girls who are coming into the sport more and more.”
Representatives from the counties union and association along with development officers from both England Golf and the Golf Foundation have been meeting to discuss how we can build on the good work already happening across the county to grow junior participation further.
The group are currently looking as what trends that have been happening across the county and what the priorities should be for the coming years. As part of being a priority junior county, Somerset will be able to access the expertise of not just local Club Support Officers but England Golf national managers for Young People and Research to help really understand young people and their needs. The group hopes to be able to share its initial ideas with clubs shortly so that everyone is able to input into the process, so keep an eye out for opportunities to get involved or contact your local Club Support Officer to find out more.
This development forms part of England Golf increase focus on junior development and is one of several actions that they will be taking forward to ensure that golf, and junior participation is increasing in the coming years and that golf clubs are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to understand this ever changing audience. Further information can be found in national Children and Young People Plan “Growing the Game for the Future” http://www.englandgolf.org/shared/get-file.ashx?itemtype=document&id=31845
Junior Pilot Project Image Workshop 7th March 2018
Fourteen clubs were represented at the most recent meeting for the Junior Pilot Project. The meeting at Wells GC on 7th March dealt with many issues regarding the image of golf in children’s eyes. The group looked at how Junior golf was presented on club websites, how social media is used, how the language and terminology needs to be more child friendly and even child led and how first contacts need to be followed up.
The group was encouraged to take ideas back to their own clubs and to look into how they can motivate young people. Further discussions followed on how schools and colleges running Sports Science courses could be used to help support the promotion of Junior golf.
The group’s ideas will be taken forward the next meeting of the Steering Committee in April.
Today, 26th March we launched the Somerset Junior Charter. There were 14 clubs represented (in no particular order)
Burnham & Berrow, Enmore Park, Isle of Wedmore, Long Sutton, Taunton & Pickeridge, Farrington Park, Weston super Mare, Mendip, Saltford, Bath, Stockwood Vale, Tickenham, Worlebury and Cricket St Thomas
After 2 years of consultation and discussion, the Junior Pilot Project Committee consisting of 2 representatives from SGU, Tommy Tulk and Ian Poole (County Junior Organiser) and 2 representatives from SLCGA (from the Junior Committee) , Margaret Allen and Eileen Binding, presented their findings to the Somerset Clubs. The conference was opened by E G Vice President, Graham Yates, and included presentations by Golf Foundation (Tom Sparks), Golf Access (Simon Wood) , Dave Phillips (J.O at Saltford) and Nicola Stroud ( Head Teaching Professional Burnham & Berrow). Ben Martin and Martin Higgs from England Golf facilitated the day which was held at Wedmore GC.
There was some healthy interaction and discussion and, at the end of the day, those attending were asked to sign their clubs up to work towards achieving the Somerset Junior Charter in the next year.
As soon as digital copies of the various docuemnts have been received they will be available on this page together with the contact details of the England Golf Support Officers.