This golf club is officially junior friendly

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir August 15, 2017 14:18

A golf club in Staffordshire has become the 100th in England to achieve ‘GolfMark’ status – which means it has passed criteria for how welcoming it is to beginners and juniors.

The mainstream media especially has been critical of golf in recent years for appearing exclusive and many believe that perception has led to a decline in participation in the game.

Calderfields Golf Club in Staffordshire has achieved the landmark award from England Golf after the scheme was relaunched online in 2014.

Dan Lowe, the club’s general manager said: “It’s a great achievement for the club and an added bonus to be the 100th GolfMark club. The accreditation will help us to raise our profile in the local community and to develop our business by tailoring it to meet the needs of our members, visitors and new players.”

England Golf regional manager Gareth Shaw (right) presents the GolfMark Award to (from left) Calderfields’ club president Tom Keenan, club general manager Dan Lowe and golf manager Jamie Cundy

Another 590 clubs are currently working towards GolfMark, which supports clubs to be successful in four areas:

• Recruitment and retention – supporting the club to attract new members and increase the participation of existing members.

• Management and sustainability – helping to develop the club through practical business planning.

• Coaching and competitions – enhancing coaching and playing opportunities for all golfers at the club.

• Safeguarding – ensuring the club has appropriate policies and procedures in place.

GolfMark incorporates Sport England’s ClubMark and this is a positive benefit for clubs applying for Sport England or National Lottery funding. The award is evidence that clubs have met required governance standards and they will effectively be fast tracked through any application process.

Over the next few months the online system will be further simplified to streamline the process and encourage even more clubs to work towards the award.

Iain Lancaster, England Golf club engagement manager, commented: “GolfMark is a great way for all clubs, large or small, to take stock and to plan for success by ensuring they’re providing what their customers want.”

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Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir August 15, 2017 14:18
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