Brent Valley Golf Club wants to create a golf academy for youngsters (aged 14-16 years) recruited from our nearby schools. Based on a 1-year outreach programme, the academy will give bursaries to around 16 children who would not normally come into contact with golf. Each bursary will include a set of clubs and equipment to keep for the duration of the programme and a season ticket at Brent Valley course. Owning clubs will allow participants to practice, play and develop their skills on the course outside the scheduled academy sessions. We will hire professional coaches to design and implement the programme.
Brent Valley Golf Course is located in a diverse urban area, making it easily accessible to local youngsters. The academy aims to overcome the usual barriers to golf - proximity of facilities, equipment costs and knowledge of the game - to allow children who perhaps would never have had the opportunity, to take up a sport that is both healthy and sociable.
What we'll deliver:
- 16 golf bursaries for youngsters who might otherwise never have picked up a club.
- A year of structured professional coaching, events and fun for the youngsters.
- A set of clubs and equipment for each participant.
- A comprehensive introduction to the sport of golf.
- A Brent Valley junior team to compete in Middlesex competitions against other clubs.
- Official WHS handicaps for all participants
Why it's a great idea:
- Introduction to a sport not provided by schools;
- Health and mental benefits of an outdoors sport known for values of honesty, politeness, resilience and perseverance;
- Non-school social interaction with peers and adults or all ages;
- Closer ties between Brent Valley Golf Club and the local community, encouraging neighbours to meet club members and share our facilities;
- Helping to change the image of golf from an exclusive sport to one in which anyone can take part;
- Involvement of club members as volunteers in the running of the programme;
- Mutual social understanding and integration through interaction between the juniors and club members of all ages (we have many senior members) and backgrounds;
- Connecting with grass roots and nurturing undiscovered talent - maybe a future Open champion will be from Ealing!
Steps to get it done:
- Reaching out to local schools
- Selection of recruits to the academy
- Allocation of clubs and equipment to recruits
- First coaching session
- First junior competition
- First club competition to include academy juniors
- Delivery of completion certificates
- Launch of the Academy's second year with a new cohort
- Official handicaps obtained by all participants
Our aim with the Academy is to form a junior section of the club after completion of the 1-year programme. We would then recruit another 16 juniors and run the programme again. The equipment used with the first cohort would be passed onto the new cohort.
The club recently acquired England Golf's SafeGolf accreditation, which ensures we have proper systems and documentation in place for the safeguarding of juniors. We have also adopted England Golf's Equality and Diversity Policy and are applying for the Women in Golf Charter. We also plan to use all the resources available from Middlesex Golf and England Golf.
At the end of the programme, we will measure its success using the following criteria: 1) how many of the participants are likely to continue playing golf? 2) have the participants completed and enjoyed the programme? 3) will you join BVGC? 4) have you made friends with anyone during the programme? 5) what other community benefits have resulted from the programme?