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Lift off for "would be" golfers in Shropshire

5th March 2013

SHROPSHIRE AND HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY GOLF PARTNERSHIP

MIDLANDS GOLF WEEK

THE drive to grow the ranks of would-be golfers in Shropshire and Herefordshire is ready for lift-off – in a former aircraft hanger.

The building – which is used by service personnel and their families for sports and activities at Clive Barracks, Tern Hill, near Market Drayton – is just one of the venues being used to stage special roadshows to promote Midlands Golf Week.

Representatives of the Shropshire and Herefordshire County Golf Partnership will be out and about at a number of free taster sessions across the county as part of the build-up to the 2013 Get into golf event, which takes place from April 12-21.

County development officer Mark Taylor and his team will be present at the army barracks – which is presently home to the 1 st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment - on March 23 rd to host a family fun day.

Anyone attending the event will be able to use real golf clubs and balls in the CGP's special inflatable net, which can be used in a variety of locations ranging from garden centres to shopping malls.

Representatives from Market Drayton Golf Club will be on hand to offer details on further coaching offers for anyone interested in trying the sport again.

Further roadshow events are planned for workers at the Bentley Motor Company factory in Crewe as well as at Sainsbury's stores in Shrewsbury (Thursday, March 14, 10am-2pm) and Hereford (Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 10am-2pm).

Says Mark Taylor: “These kind of events are becoming increasingly important as golf seeks to make the sport as accessible as possible.

“It is no longer enough for clubs to sit back and expect people to turn up and join – we have to make every effort to go out and sell the benefits the sport can bring, such as a healthy exercise and an active social life, in places that can be quite different to the traditional clubhouse.

“Midlands Golf Week is another activity undertaken by the county golf partnership which will help clubs increase participation, which in turn can lead to a potential growth in membership at a time when the economic background is particularly challenging.”

Tern Hill is looking forward to adding golf to the list of potential activities for soldiers and their families living on site.

Says Information Support Officer Tiffany Rowlands: “Golf is a sport that can appeal to all ages, including younger children, teenagers and mums, and is something all the family can do together.

“I think people have the image of golf being a bit elitist with lots of do's and don'ts, but we were very interested to hear of Market Drayton Golf Club's ‘buddy' system which teams up potential new players with existing members to help them settle in at the club and get the most from their golfing activity, both as a healthy sport and from a social point of view.”

Midlands Golf Week is an annual week-long festival of golf which – for the first time – now includes clubs from across eight counties.

The 2013 festival will cover the Northamptonshire area as well as Shropshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Rutland – putting golf at the heart of the local community.

More than 4,750 would-be golfers have seized the opportunity to give the sport a go during the first two years of the event.

Midlands Golf Week is run under the umbrella of the county golf partnerships, which bring together the development officers, PGA professionals, county men's union and ladies association and the clubs themselves to develop a pathway into golf.

Get into golf is a national campaign to inspire new golfers run by the England Golf Partnership through its network of County Golf Partnerships, which work to grow the game.

Get into golf opportunities include free or low-cost beginner courses with PGA professionals. They are a fun and sociable way to start golf – and a great way to make new friends.

Discounted lessons can cost as little as £25 for a five-week course.

To find your nearest centre visit getintogolf.org and look at the activity map or call 0800 118 2766

Or use the following link to find activities in the Shropshire and Herefordshire area - http://bit.ly/UdvC4J

You can follow Get into golf on Twitter twitter.com/getintogolf or on Facebook at facebook.com/Getintogolf







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