It has been described as innovative, fun and exciting. It can now be described as award winning. Tri-Golf has proved so successful that it has been recognised at the prestigious British Sports Industry Federation awards.
The industry awards recognise the contribution made by companies within the sporting goods and play industries to grass roots sport and community development. Tri-Golf was up against some very worthy schemes and initiatives, implemented by industry giants such as New Balance and adidas. The criteria for judging the awards included innovation, creativity and an impact on participation.
Davies Sport, manufacturer and distributor of Tri-Golf on behalf of the Golf Foundation, received the Manufacturer of the Year Award for its role in the initiative. Jeff Burn, of Davies Sport commented, “In less than two years, over 1,200 packs containing 25,000 clubs have been distributed to schools, local authorities and golf facilities across the British Isles. By the end of 2002, approximately 130,000 youngsters will have experienced golf through Tri-Golf, to add to the 60,000 who participated in 2001. In addition, over 600 individuals have completed the Tri-Golf Activators course.
Mike Round, chief executive of the Golf Foundation added, “The surveys we have carried out show that the teachers and leaders find the kit fun and easy to use and so do the children taking part. We are very proud that Tri-Golf have received this award, which acknowledges the success of the initiative.”
Tri-Golf, an adapted form of golf aimed at primary schools age children, was developed by the Golf Foundation, on behalf of the England Junior Golf Partnership, and is endorsed by the PGA and Nick Faldo.
In 2002, at least 10,000 young people have been introduced to golf in schools and local authorities across Scotland through the Golf Foundation’s Tri-Golf Initiative. The Paisley Partnership, East Lothian Council and the Linlithgow Girls Society have all achieved remarkable successes through Tri-Golf. A total of 30 Tri-Golf Activator courses were organised during the year qualifying 310 Activators.
The Welsh Development Team has used Tri-Golf effectively in a number of community projects and provided Tri-Golf opportunities at the Royal Welsh Show and the WPGA Championship of Europe. To expand the use of the equipment 27 Tri-Golf Activator courses were organised qualifying 240 people.
For more information contact: Mike Round 01920 876200
Golf Foundation www.golf-foundation.org