FROM the beginning of this year, the Golf Foundation is delivering all of its activity, under the banner of “Golf Roots”.
The Golf Foundation is a charity dedicated to the sporting and social development of all young people through golf across the British Isles. The charity supports community and city projects by providing funding, resources, training and advice.
In primary schools, secondary schools and golf clubs, the Golf Foundation’s work is based on the “Skills for Life” concept which promotes the idea that children and young people are able to develop not only playing skills, but also personal skills (such as honesty and respect) through the Foundation’s initiatives (including Tri-Golf and Golf Xtreme).
Supported by England Golf and Sport England, “Skills for Life” is delivered through community activity in schools and clubs, as well as special projects targeting inner city and urban areas.
The North East Regional Development Officer for the North East and Yorkshire Region, John Wood said: “Golf Roots is to be the overarching name for the Golf Foundation’s operational activity and will encompass community activity in schools and clubs as well as city and urban projects.
“In the North East, there will be two ‘Golf Roots’ city programmes running, one in Durham and the other in partnership with Slaley Hall.
“Our activities will be delivered through a national network of local partnerships to establish a county-wide ‘Golf Roots’ project in each county which will consist of ‘Golf Roots’ Community Projects and includes City Projects, Centres and Festivals.”
The ‘Golf Roots’ targets are ambitious. By 2013, they have plans to establish:
1. A major ‘Golf Roots’ project in every county.
2. Golf activity in every School Sport Partnership.
3. To reach at least one million children a year.
4. An increase in children playing at clubs.
5. A £10m investment in grass roots junior golf.
In addition, ’Golf Roots’ represents golf’s contribution to the 2012 Olympic legacy and is a pro-active response to the announcement about golf’s inclusion in the 2016 Games.
Visit www.golf-foundation.org or telephone John on 01992 449 830 (head office) or 07766 883 004 (mobile).