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Silverstone in pole position

8th February 2013

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNTY GOLF PARTNERSHIP

 MIDLANDS GOLF WEEK

SILVERSTONE Golf Club has put itself in pole position in the drive to encourage more people to Get into golf.

The club, which borders the world famous Grand Prix circuit, proved quick off the mark by becoming the first club in Northamptonshire to sign up for Midlands Golf Week.

PGA professional Rodney Holt will be offering free taster sessions to anyone wanting to try the sport.

It is the first time that clubs from Northamptonshire have supported the annual week-long festival of golf, which is held across eight counties from April 12-21.

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.

Now clubs from Northamptonshire will join those in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Rutland by putting golf at the heart of the local community.

Activities on offer will range from free taster sessions and roadshows to coaching programmes and open days.

The taster sessions at Silverstone Golf Club, in Silverstone Road, Stowe, take place on Saturday, April 13 (10am-11am), April 16 (1pm-2pm) and Saturday, April 20 (10am-11am).

Says Rodney Holt: “We are delighted to be part of Midlands Golf Week and I am really looking forward to teaching a whole range of would-be golfers – from those who have never swung a club before to those who may be returning to the game or taking up golf after playing other sports.

“Midlands Golf Week and activities like our free taster sessions offer an ideal opportunity to show what golf has to offer – from a healthy exercise in the fresh air to the great social life, or for those who want to take their interest further, the competitive side of the sport, too.”

For further details on the taster sessions at Silverstone GC ring 01280 850005 or email proshop@silverstonegolfclub.co.uk

Says David Davis, county development officer for the Northamptonshire County Golf Partnership: "It is great to see such an early statement of support from Silverstone for Midlands Golf Week and I know many more clubs in the county are gearing up to announce events of their own.

"It is thanks to the clubs throwing open their facilities to would-be golfers that Midlands Golf Week has proved such a success and we are delighted to be part of the campaign for 2013.

“Golf's winning combination of exercise, sporting skill and social interaction make it the perfect tonic for good health and happiness – and Midlands Golf Week offers so many different ways to get involved whatever your age or ability.”

Midlands Golf Week forms part of a national Get into golf campaign and full details of all activities across the eight counties can be found by visiting the activity map at getintogolf.org

Or for activities in Northamptonshire you can follow the link http://bit.ly/SuaUbE

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

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

The England Golf Partnership (EGP) brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf and the PGA, to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England.

County Golf Partnerships, involving the county men's women's and professional organisations, are part of the EGP's Whole Sport Plan for golf and an integral part of its vision to make England the world's leading golf nation by 2020.

In Northamptonshire the partnership is supported by the Northamptonshire Union of Golf Clubs, Northamptonshire County Ladies' Golf Association, the Northamptonshire Professional Golfers Association and the Northamptonshire Millennium Trust.

For more details of the activities in Northamptonshire visit www.northamptonshiregolf.org.uk/

For more information on the work of the Northamptonshire Golf Partnership contact David Davis, County Development Officer, Northamptonshire County Golf Partnership.

Website: www.northamptonshiregolf.org.uk/

Mobile: 07846 142297

Email: d.davis@northamptonshiregolf.org.uk







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