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Search starts for 2014 National Skills Challenge champions
11th March 2014

Competitors at the 2013 National Skills Challenge final (image copyright John Thomson).

Search starts for 2014 National Skills Challenge champions
The search has started for the 2014 champions of England Golf's National Skills Challenge.

This year's competition, sponsored by FJ, the #1 Shoe and Glove in Golf, has just begun and the first official Challenge event of 2014 is underway.

Over 800 clubs and ranges and 6000 juniors are registered to take part in this year's National Skills Challenge - and there's still time to enter. The top players who take part in the two official Challenges will be eligible to qualify for the 96 regional final places and the top 32 will go forward to the national final.

FJ have supported this initiative since 2010 with products and prizes for all players who qualify for the regional and national finals.

Russell Lawes, FJ Marketing Manager, said: "We are delighted to once again support the National Skills Challenge. Teaching junior golfers the key fundamentals of golf at an early age is extremely important to their development and understanding of the game.

"The relaxed and enjoyable environment in which the National Skills Challenge is run is perfect for engaging juniors with the game of golf. We as always look forward to hearing how the juniors progress throughout the year and would like to wish everyone participating the very best of luck."

The National Skills Challenge is England Golf's junior skills programme and consists of 10 challenges covering putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and the long game.  

Registered clubs have the choice of taking part in the two official Challenge events - which take place between specific dates - or running own club challenges or simply incorporating the activities into their own junior coaching programmes.

The 2014 club Challenge dates are as follows:
Challenge 1: Saturday 1st March 2014 - Sunday 4th May 2014
Challenge 2: Monday 5th May 2014 - Sunday 6th July 2014
The regional finals will be held in August and the national final in September.

Richard Flint, England Golf Club Services and Development Director, commented: "The National Skills Challenge provides golf facilities with a range of fun coaching activities, which help to encourage juniors to practice and develop their skills.  All golf clubs and driving ranges are welcome to register and receive a variety of free resources including manuals, scorecards and certificates."

Dates and venues for the regional and national finals, together with the live online leaderboards, and information on how to register are available now at .

The National Skills Challenge, supported by FJ, is an initiative provided by England Golf as part of the England Golf Strategic Plan 2014-2017.

Notes for Readers:-
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.
England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.

Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative 'Get into Golf'.

England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming 'The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.

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