‘More Vardy than Vardon’ – football used to get kids into golf

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir June 8, 2016 15:59

Charity the Golf Foundation is using the current excitement in Euro 2016 to get more children playing golf.

The organisation is hosting the ‘StreetGolf Championship’, in which youngsters from community golf programmes across 16 Premier League and Championship football clubs will be wearing their favourite teams’ football strips to compete for the coveted title of champion.

The event will take place at the 3 Hammers Golf Complex near Wolverhampton on Wednesday, June 15.

Thanks to a partnership with Premier League 4 Sport (PL4S), Sport England and Get into Golf, the Golf Foundation, the sport’s leading charity for young people, has developed StreetGolf as an exciting new initiative for teenagers which introduces them to golf in their own community before providing the opportunity to play at the local golf club with help from the resident and junior-friendly PGA professional coach.

The finalists will have been introduced to golf through StreetGolf activities at a variety of local facilities including events at the actual football grounds of Crystal Palace and Derby County. At the national final, they will take the next step and play adapted formats on the par-three golf course such as ‘Super Sixes’ and ‘Flag Golf’, all designed to ensure that the young people have a great experience playing in a big competition on a real golf course.

Teams present will be from the following football club projects: Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Everton, Hull City, Middlesbrough, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Stoke City, and Sunderland.

Golf Foundation national development manager Martin Crowder said: “The aim has been to connect all the benefits of playing golf, including the ‘skills for life’ learning associated with the game, with the wider audience in major footballing communities, using the ‘power of football’ thanks to PL4S.

“Under its headline HSBC Golf Roots programme, the Golf Foundation, supporting England Golf and Golf Development Wales, aims to provide all the youngsters involved with a pathway into golf clubs and potential membership, helping boys and girls to enjoy a golf club environment for the first time.”


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir June 8, 2016 15:59
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