Royal Eastbourne Golf Club members have raised over £1000 for a project to get local schoolchildren into golf.
Youngsters aged eight and nine from Polegate School are among those who are taking starter lessons and they cheered as club manager, David Lockyer, and PGA professional Laurence Collier, presented a cheque for £1090 to Matt Warwick of the Sussex Golf Partnership.
“We are so grateful to Royal Eastbourne,” said Matt, who is the Sussex Golf Development Officer. “This is a fantastic boost to our efforts to get more people of all ages into golf and to show them how much fun they can have playing the game.”
The schools project is also supported by teenage golfers who are taking the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) at Sussex Downs College and who help the PGA professionals during the coaching sessions.
Royal Eastbourne Golf Club – holders of the GolfMark Award for junior and beginner-friendly clubs – are also involved in the Partnership’s efforts to encourage more adults to take up or return to golf.
They’re among 10 Sussex clubs which are backing a national ‘Get Into golf’ campaign and are offering fortnightly taster sessions for adults at just £4. For full details about taster sessions, follow-on opportunities and more information about the Partnership’s work to grow the game in Sussex, visit www.sussexgolfpartnership.org