NEW Family Classic Competition
The Fairways to Heaven FAMILY CLASSIC is a new competition aimed at juniors and their family members.
This inaugural event is to be held at Aberdare Golf Club on Monday 2nd August 2004.
Entries are invited from Ladies, Gentlemen and Junior Golfers.
It is a paired Texas Scramble with teams to comprise of one Adult and One Junior (pair must be related with junior under 18 years old on 1st January 2004)
Entry fee is £35 per team of two, and includes a Sunday welcome reception, Monday tournament, lunch and prizes.
Contact Golf Development Wales or Aberdare Golf Club for details.
Closing date for entries is Monday 12th July 2004.
In January of this year a new resource was delivered to clubs for use by their Junior Organisers.
Intended as an aide to these vital volunteers, it
incorporates ideas on:-
· Coaching · Playing · Funding · Child Welfare
It also has a list of fixtures and relevant contacts.
Should clubs require an additional copy, then please contact us on (01633) 423798 to arrange it.
Golf Development Wales team is grateful to the authors of the “Guide to
Clubs on Junior Golf in Wales” upon which much of the diary’s content has
ANGLESEY GOLF UNION
UNDEB GOLFF MÔN
FERRIES & SPORTS MATCH
A presentation between Sports Match Cymru, Irish Ferries & the Anglesey Golfing Union took place at Holyhead Golf Club, Thursday afternoon 20th November 2003.
Following on from a very successful initiative by the Ynys Môn Sports Development Unit for coaching potential sporting champions this summer (promoted by Leisure & Arts Portfolio holder councillor Derlwyn Hughes), Irish Ferries Ports continued its tradition of supporting young sports girls & boys on Anglesey by sponsoring the A.G.U. junior section to the sum of £500.
County junior organiser Mr Randall Richards matched this amount, £ for £, through the Sports Council for Wales SportsMatch scheme and sought the advice of Golf Development Wales officer, Louise Davis. Consequently, the A.G.U. junior section has now increased its coaching funds by £1,000.00.
shows Mr Ian Fenwick, Manager Irish Ferries Ports, handing over the cheque to
Mr Philip Warburton, A.G.U. President.
As a consequence of the successful Towergate sponsorship of the WGU Club of the Year Awards, the Sportsmatch scheme gave £ for £ support for the grass-roots development initiatives of Golf Development Wales.
This has enabled the team to set-up specific regional development schemes with Pembrokeshire County Council and, hopefully, Gwynedd and Anglesey County Councils.
Pembrokeshire scheme is now up and running with Julian Noot acting as
coaching co-ordinator. The over-seeing group that has been set-up has formed
a strategy that sees 4 secondary schools being targeted in various areas of
the County. These schools are given free group coaching for beginners
(especially girls) and the clubs local to the schools are offering
continuation opportunities for the children. The primary schools that feed
the secondary schools are also using Tri-Golf via the Community Chest scheme
– giving a full spectrum of golfing activity for large areas of the
is hoped to expand the same format into the other areas of the County over
the next two years, and into the Gwynedd area, finance permitting.
Another scheme to benefit from the funding of Sportsmatch
Cymru is based in the Llanelli area.
The Urdd is the Welsh Language Youth movement formed in 1922
as an organisation for young people to help keep the Welsh language alive
and healthy. It now has over 50,000 members between the ages of 8 to 25.
On the back of a sponsorship package from the Principality Building
Society for the Urdd’s rugby tournament at Stradey Park, a £ for £
Sportsmatch award has been made to help develop golf in 10 primary schools
in the Llanelli area – led by the Urdd’s sports development officer for
the region, Aled Parry.
Child Protection update
Don’t’ be afraid of this topic –
it’s mainly about commonsense.
to help people with any issues a new dedicated officer for Child Welfare and
Protection in golf has been appointed. Vicky Bailey is to be based at the
NSPCC Child Protection in Sport offices in Leicester and can be contacted on
(0116) 234 7278 or via (029) 20838085.
is definitely worth a visit and contains plenty of useful advice and
of the most frequently asked questions on Child Welfare concern the
transportation of children. A quick guide to good practice in this area can be
found within the Junior Organiser Diaries sent to each clubs Junior Organiser.
Should you still have any questions in this or any other regard of child
welfare please contact Vicky via the details above.
Link-up announced with Team LongDog
Golf Development Wales has formed a relationship with a leading manufacturer of junior clubs.
The clubs are manufactured to the exact standards of adult clubs but are correctly balanced and weighted to fit junior hands.
Team LongDog say that they are the fastest growing range of kids clubs in Europe and the company also sponsor Welsh tour professional Jamie Donaldson.
deal allows the development officers to have a bank of clubs for use in
also allows Starter Centres in Wales to purchase clubs at a significant discount
you would like to know more, then please either contact us, or Laurie Flynn at
Brudenell Close, Cawston,
Rugby, CV22 7GN
The Golf Foundation Merit Award Scheme has been revamped and replaced with The Junior Golf Passport.
For further details click here.
Junior Golf Leader’s
The PGA are beginning to launch a new Coaching scheme and therefore the existing Junior Golf Leader's award is currently being revamped.
We will update you with the dates for the next set of Junior Golf Leader courses as soon as is possible.
Keep checking the website or call us
on (01633) 423798.
You should also be able to get a grant to fund your attendance.
Golf "Fits In" for July
"Fit In" is a new campaign promoted by the Sports Council for Wales aimed at attracting more women and girls into sport.
Golf has been allocated the whole month of July in order to promote itself as a suitable activity for women and girls. Quadrant PR will be releasing a series of articles for publication in lifestyle magazines and papers publicising the benefits of female golf.
Some good schemes that are being delivered in July to coincide with the "Fit In" campaign, include
For more information on "Fit In" go to www.fit-in.co.uk or call the Hotline on (0845) 726871.
Golf Foundation Starter Centres
to now, Wales has had 21 of these centres allocated in Wales but, following
support from the Sports Council for Wales, the plan is to increase this number
by a further 20 this year.
your club or facility is interested in becoming a Starter Centre, then please
contact us at the WGU offices (01633) 423798 or via e-mail on [email protected]
and we can discuss with you the requirements for selection.
Essentially we will be looking for facilities that have a true commitment to the development of junior golf – ideally professional coaching should be made available for junior beginners and should be at the very least affordable, fun, safe and following a structured coaching path such as The Merit Award Scheme.
Golf on the Beeb
Why not get your club website on the BBC.
See the BBCi website below and contact them to add your club details.
Currently only available for South East Wales, the BBC promise it is to expand to other regions soon.