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BBC swaps golf and BMX

12.10am 14th June 2002 - People

Filming for a children’s BBC programme called “Freestyle” has taken place at Farrington Golf Club – a Golf Foundation Starter Centre. The idea of the programme’s “Home and Away” section is to swap two very different sports to see how certain skills transfer. Activities such as football and ballet dancing have been swapped in the past. Ben and Daniel, members at Farrington, tried their hand at BMX riding, whilst two local BMX riders Charlie and Liam visited Farrington Golf Club for a day’s coaching with PGA professional, Jon Cowgill.

The day was a great success with both Charlie and Liam showing good natural talent for the game. “I thought golf was a boring old man’s sport,” said Liam, “but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’m looking forward to playing this summer.” Commenting upon their efforts, Jon Cowgill said, “Both Charlie and Liam have good balance and concentration, skills that they have gained from BMX riding. With a little coaching and practice both could well have potential as golfers.”

You can see the results when the programme is shown on CBBC (Digital) and on BBC2 during the summer holidays.

Farrington Golf Club is one of a number of Golf Foundation Starter Centres across the British Isles that offer junior coaching for young people wishing to take up the sport at little or no cost. For details visit the Golf Foundation’s website www.golf-foundation.org.

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