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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:
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:
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?
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Well, we're nearing the end of such an exciting year and we'd like to say a massive THANK YOU to all our sponsors and supporters, both big and small, for making the first year of Brent Valley Golf Academy such a great success. You can read about the year and about what comes next in our Outcomes Report for Ealing Council: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AiS4b9kBniz_jT6ebki5GmeJQ_oKbgRBxZYVP5KUqIE/edit?usp=sharing
We had our first ever graduation day yesterday where we presented our Parakeets with their programme certificates. It's been a wonderful first year of golf and fun and we'd like to thank everyone who made it possible. Our sponsors - Brent Valley Golf Club, Middlesex Golf, Golfonline.co.uk, Ealing Council and Everyone Active and all the individuals who got behind our crowdfunding campaign - our wonderful coach, Warren Harris Golf Coaching, all our volunteers, our Parakeets' parents and families and the Parakeets themselves. We hope many of the Parakeets will carry on playing golf but it's fine if they decide not to at the moment, they might pick a club again in 20 years time and that's fine - we had a really fun year together, which is the main thing. Look out for news about year 2! To see more photos from the graduation, head over to our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/585054109615014
Tickets are flying off the shelf for our graduation party on Monday August 1 at 4:30pm and as one of our very generous sponsors we want you to be there! We'd like to thank you in person for your generosity and we'd love you to see what your donation helped achieve. Also.... whisper it... we have some very special news that we will be announcing at the party. Get your tickets here! https://bit.ly/BVGA_Graduation2021
As a supporter of the Brent Valley Golf Academy you are invited to join us for our graduation ceremony and party on Monday August 1, from 4:30pm in the Brent Valley Golf Club clubhouse. Our guest of honour will be Darragh Coghlan of Middlesex Golf, one of our major backers, who will be handing out the certificates to our Academy graduates. Food will be provided and there will be a paid bar. Please confirm your attendance by following this link: https://bit.ly/BVGA_Graduation2021. We very much hope you will join us for the celebration of a fabulous year for our young Parakeets!
We're super pleased to announce that Ealing Council has just awarded the Academy £5K from its small grants fund. Alongside Brent Valley Golf Club's £2K and Middlesex's £2K, this means the Academy can expand its activities and run for another year. But the grant was awarded on the strength of the success of the first year, which was made possible by your generous support in year 1. So thank you everyone once again - your donations continue to make a difference!