Kids get into the swing

Youngsters from Englannd Lane Primary School watch Whitwood Golf Club manager Elaine McBride in action.

Youngsters from Englannd Lane Primary School watch Whitwood Golf Club manager Elaine McBride in action.

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Whitwood Golf Club has launched a tri-golf programme with local schools.

One of the first schools to complete the programme was England Lane Primary School, Knottingley.

Tri-golf is a ‘mini’ version of golf for primary schools.

It involves the use of adapted equipment and a variety of games designed to provide an enjoyable introduction to the sport.

The equipment is designed to be safe and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

The introduction of tri-golf has made it possible for the education sector and golfing community to work closely together for the benefit of the schools, the clubs and the young participants.

The children received five sessions delivered at their school and then visited Whitwood Golf Club to complete the last two hours of the course.

The programme has equipped the children with the basic fundamentals in order to develop their golfing abilities.

It is hoped that the delivery of such programmes with not only develop sustainable links with local schools, but also increase the number of children participating in the game of golf.

During their visit to the golf club, the children took part in a number of tri-golf activities, including putting competitions, long and short game skills tests and team quizzes.

They even got to spend time with the greenkeeper to help them understand some of the basic rules and etiquette associated with golf.

After an exhausting but thoroughly enjoyable morning all of the children received their course certificates.

Whitwood Golf Club manager Elaine McBride said: “It is great to see so many kids enjoying golf. We hope to continue to work with local schools in order to increase the number of junior golfers taking up golf in the local area. We also hope to break down some of the perceptions of golf and allow junior golfers to come along and try the game in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.”