Primary school builds a nine-hole golf course

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham February 26, 2016 13:54

A primary school in the Midlands has built a nine-hole golf course in its grounds and put golf on its curriculum, amid feedback that the game is beneficial for young children.

Lyng Primary School has become the first in the Black Country to put the sport on its syllabus.

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The Tri-Golf course has taken up a third of the school’s playing field, and was built following £1,500 of funding from the Golf Foundation charity and its corporate partner, HSBC.

Deputy headteacher, Peter Staniland, who applied for the funding, said that it had added a whole new dimension to lessons. He said: “The golf course is multi-purpose as we can use it for PE but also children can write about their time with it in English lessons too, so it is helping all aspects of learning.

“Local professional golfer Greg Lynch from Warley Wood Golf Club attended our opening event and will be back to hold some sessions on the course with the children too.

“The children are absolutely loving it so far. We are lucky as a school to be able to have this.”

The multi-coloured course comes complete with plaques, golfing equipment, tee pegs and score cards.

Tri-Golf is a mini version of golf designed specifically for young children at infant, primary and junior schools.

Mr Staniland hopes the course will allow the school to participate in future tournaments with others.

“It would be great to be able to involve other schools in mini competitions in the future, and also encourage parents to come down for after school sessions,” he said.

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Greg Lynch added: “A big part of what I’m trying to do is get the sport away from elitism. Golf needs to be more accessible, especially for the youngsters.

“With the primary schools I tend to make it more fun-based activities. They learn the basics – the hold and the stance – and if they enjoy it they come to the club and learn more about techniques.

“Back when I learned it was very ‘old school’. We would line up and it was almost like an army procedure, but research has shown the kids want it more fun and relaxed.

“Brandhall Primary School has gone on to develop their own small course on site and that’s great to see. Lyng Primary School have really tried to push it into their curriculum. It links with maths and helps with things like life skills and honesty.

“We’re really trying to promote things like team work, respect and honesty.

“There was a school in south Birmingham, Redhill Junior, that noticed it helping some of the behavioural problems they had. They formed a system where to get out at play times they had to book slots and meet up at the holes on their course and it helped them.”

 

Martyn Clapham
By Martyn Clapham February 26, 2016 13:54
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