Golf has benefitted from the pandemic the last couple of years and although numbers are on the incline, we know that a main priority for all in golf is to get more girls into the game. In schools, where the audience is closer to a equal gender split, not everyone is given the opportunity to experience golf as it is not currently seen as a curriculum sport. Our intention is to make it more inclusive for all and support the pathway of those students interested. We are very fortunate to sit within a close radius of many the interest is there and so a GF workshop was organised on 2nd November 2021 to train teachers and ambassadors using the new Golf Foundation Golfway equipment.
By linking with and teaching the pupils in the school, the hope is that this will ignite interest and also create long standing relationships with us and other local golf clubs . Clubs will be able to offer coaching and use of facilities through the funding made available by Golf Foundation, Hertfordshire Golf Limited and the Mike Amos Foundation.
Every 5-6 weeks pupils will have the opportunity to have a session with the Assistant PGA Professional, Matt Bailey. The follow on from this offer is that if any pupils are interested in further golf opportunities, Letchworth have a thriving junior section who partake in various fun activities and competitions throughout the year. The club also have a foundation attached, The Mike Amos Foundation, which supports junior development. The idea is that this will offer support in way of scholarships/bursaries, to those who show committment and desire to continue.
With our first year now completed and seeing over 860 pupils introduced to the game, the programme has been developed to include a Scholarship stage. This includes a full year of coaching, on-course coaching, practice drills and Academy Membership which allows full access to the practice facilities and Academy course. With a strong link in 6 schools, 2 pupils from each school were offered a place on the Scholarship. We also include our current Academy Members which in 2023, sees 42 juniors take part.
Schools we are linked with are: Nobel School, St Christopher Junior, Highfield, Pixmore, Knights Templar, Wilbury, Alleynes and Etonbury.
A highlight of the programme is the Super Sixes League. We have 4 events scheduled throughout the season. Scholars play in pairs and complete six holes on a par 3 course using a very friendly version of the game known as a Texas Scramble. There is capacity to allow 24 students at a time to play. Schools could enter two pairs per event and if there is enough interest this could be expanded. Friday afternoons are the targeted day of the week with events starting at 14:00pm
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On Monday 20th June 2022 we held the NHSSP U9 Golfway Competition at Letchworth GC. It was brilliant to see 9 schools attend and have fun on our practice facility. 88 total participants: 39 boys and 49 girls in total took part.
Each school competed to win this level to then take part on the county finals later this year. In the end it was Pixmore Junior School who took the honors. There is also a School Games Value fesitival side to these games and we had Whitehill and Lordship Farm go home with the honors.
The day was organised by School Games Organiser Jay Livermore and supported by our own Assistant Professional, Matt Bailey.