The Golf Foundation, the charity that makes the game more accessible to youngsters from all backgrounds and abilities, presented the ‘Junior Golf Passport’ zone in the popular tented village of Wentworth Club, during the whole week of the event.
Children as young as three-years-old up to 16 enjoyed their first golf sessions before going off with their families to watch their golfing heroes in action out on the course. The Foundation team was also able to create special golf challenges for boys and girls from 14 schools in the region, which are involved with Golf Foundation HSBC Golf Roots activity.
Long-term supporters of the Foundation, The European Tour provided this prime location among world-leading brands in the tented village, an area visited by thousands of people throughout the week. This “fantastic opportunity” was seized by the Golf Foundation team, presenting its Junior Golf Passport to visiting families, club representatives, PGA Professionals and decision-makers from within the sport.
The Junior Golf Passport is the national learning programme delivered by PGA Professionals in clubs that structures learning, monitors progress and rewards achievement, and is endorsed by the Professional Golfers’ Association. Since its official launch last October, just under 500 golf clubs and more than 600 PGA Pro’s have welcomed 2,700 children into club coaching.
Sarah Tennyson, Marketing Manager for the Golf Foundation, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our team as we were able to engage with so many families and see at first hand just how much young people love that first experience of firing a shot at a target with a ‘Tri-Golf’ club. The Golf Foundation was also able to demonstrate the great benefits of our learning programme, the Junior Golf Passport, to many decision-makers from golf clubs and the wider sport, and this was very important to us.
“We would like to offer a huge thank you to the team at The European Tour, which has the foresight and passion to recognise that by making golf and its benefits more accessible to youngsters and families, this helps to protect the future of our game at every level.”
HSBC Golf Roots and Golf Foundation www.golf-foundation.org