Female college students to receive free golf tuition

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir January 15, 2016 11:38

A county sports partnership is funding a scheme that will teach golf to female college students for free.

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Free golf coaching and women-only lessons have been two of the most successful initiatives at introducing people to golf in the last few years.

Tyne and Wear Sport, the county sports partnership for Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, North Tyneside and South Tyneside has provided funding for Sunderland College to offer golf lessons to girls and women aged 16 to 25.

The ‘Get into Ladies Golf’ sessions are aimed at students who are inactive or currently undertaking little physical activity, to encourage them to participate in sports on a regular basis.

The scheme gives 20 novice golfers the opportunity to take part in sessions run by professional coaches at clubs in the region.

Lucy Oliver, sports development officer at Sunderland College, said: “This is a new initiative for the college and we are really excited to launch it.

“We felt that golf lessons were a fantastic way for the girls to improve their health by taking part in low-impact exercise.

“By boosting their confidence and allowing them to experience a new form of physical activity, we hope this scheme will help students to experiment with different types of sport, and for them to become more active in general.”

James Hartley, Tyne and Wear Sport’s Sportivate project officer, said: “Getting more women and girls active and engaging in physical activity is a key priority of ours and supports and raises awareness of Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign. It is great that Sunderland College is working with us through Sportivate, as the student body will have a huge number of females who potentially are unaware of the sporting opportunities available to them.

“Hopefully the introduction of golf will raise activity levels at the college and inspire the women to take part in more sport on a more regular basis.”

Tyne and Wear Sport currently runs a ladies’ golf coaching scheme with Gosforth Golf Club.

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir January 15, 2016 11:38
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