Kids to get in swing at Slaley

ORTH East golfing starlets are to get the chance to test their skills alongside the stars of yesteryear at Slaley Hall in Northumberland.

NORTH East golfing starlets are to get the chance to test their skills alongside the stars of yesteryear at Slaley Hall in Northumberland.

De Vere Slaley Hall has joined forces with the Golf Foundation in search of young golfing stars to attend a special Golf Roots event, which will take place during the 2009 De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship.

The Hunting course at De Vere's Northumbria resort will host some of golf's great characters in June, who will be on hand during a special Tri-Golf event to offer tips and advice to some of the North East's youngest golfers.

The young golfers will be selected from a number of Golf Roots initiatives, which were running in 12 schools across the region during May.

The Tri-Golf sessions are specially adapted versions of the game, which offer young children their first introduction to golf, teaching them both the technical and personal skills required to play the game.

Each child that attends the sessions will have the chance to qualify for the special event at Slaley Hall through the Tri-Golf Skills Challenge, which will test each golfer's progress and skill level at the end of the five week programme.

As well as those children who have advanced their playing skills, those who have learned and developed their Skills for Life will also be chosen to attend the event.

Skills for Life includes honesty, respect and self-motivation; aspects of the game that children learn and develop through the Golf Foundation's initiative, and those which will help them through their youth into adulthood.

John Wood, Golf Foundation regional development officer for the North East, said: "De Vere and Slaley Hall have really embraced the Golf Roots programme in Newcastle this year. Linking in the programme with De Vere's flagship event really is the icing on the cake and gave the school sessions an added impetus which I am sure the children really enjoyed."

Daniel Hodson, director of golf and leisure at De Vere, said: "We are committed to inspiring young people in the North East to try the game of golf and are delighted to be able to support such a well established entry level junior initiative as Golf Roots, as well as the continued assistance we offer to elite amateur golfers in the region.

"It made perfect sense to create a unique Tri-Golf event alongside the PGA Seniors Championship with some of the stars of yesteryear to motivate school kids to give golf a go."

The Golf Foundation's Tri-Golf initiative offers over half a million children their first taste of golf every year, and is offered in around 5,000 schools across the country.


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