Cumbrian primary school puts golf on its curriculum

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim May 26, 2015 15:44

A primary school in Cumbria has put golf on its curriculum for the next four years thanks to a partnership it has fostered with a local golf club.

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The partnership, driven by the club’s chairman, has enthused the school’s headteacher so much that she has described golf as “a fantastic sport” after seeing her pupils “thoroughly enjoy” the golf lessons they have so far had.

Grasmere Primary School has agreed to the move, in which its pupils will be taught how to play the game, because nearby Windermere Golf Club has been involved in a project in which it has introduced the school’s children to the sport.

Windermere’s chairman, Cliff Heath, has been coaching year three and four children, many of whom had never before had the opportunity to sample golf, every week since last November.

“Windermere Golf Club has put significant efforts into developing the ‘junior drive’ over the past 12 months, with a considerable number of initiatives put in place to encourage local youngsters to try golf,” said club spokesman Jo Spencer.

“In addition to coaching pupils at Grasmere School, Cliff has also been aiding the youngsters at Hawkshead Primary School, all of whom have been equally receptive to the enjoyment of the game.”

“I am absolutely delighted that Grasmere Primary School have chosen to continue and develop their golf learning and it’s been a pleasure to watch their improvements over the past six months,” said Cliff.

“2015 is going to be a big year for Windermere Golf Club in terms of encouraging our local youngsters into the sport. This is by no means the end of our involvement, but merely the beginning of what we hope will be a long and lasting relationship, not just with Grasmere but with all the schools we are working with.

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“The next step will see us provide opportunities for the teaching staff to deliver lesson plans, with less direct involvement from us, but support when required. We very much look forward to welcoming the children into our club when the time comes.”

“We are so grateful to Cliff for giving up his free time to provide the children with his expertise and guidance,” said Grasmere’s headteacher, Johanna Goode. “The children have thoroughly enjoyed their golf experience and we are looking forward to taking them onto the next stage of their development. Golf is a fantastic sport on so many levels. In particular, the children have learned how to compete on their own, whilst also working with one another.”


Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim May 26, 2015 15:44
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