Shrewsbury Golf Club in Shropshire is starting a new Junior Golf Academy to attract local children to try playing golf.
Starting in April the Academy will give children of all ages the opportunity to play and receive some expert tuition from the Club's professional John Richards, assistant professional, Josh Charnock and trainee professional Simon Davies.
Shrewsbury GC is keen to dispel the perception that golf is a sport for older people. It has created an academy to encourage children to try the sport and learn to play. It has a growing Junior section and Junior Organiser, Richard Beason wants to give more children the opportunity to get into golf.
"Golf is a fun game requiring good hand eye co-ordination. There is great satisfaction in blasting a golf ball skyward. Our academy will also provide an opportunity to make friends and play in competitions," said Richard.
The Academy will also provide an opportunity to develop the skills to play golf competitively and play in national competitions. Junior Captain, Joe Sherratt and Junior Vice Captain, Larissa Jones will be building a junior team to play a number of other clubs in a national league this summer.
"The competition is played across a number of different courses, initially at Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth and Patshull Park. We are hoping that some of the young people who attend the academy may want to play competitively, develop their skills with help from the professional coaches, and get selected for the team," said Joe. "I'm also hoping that a number of girls come to the academy, so we have a team with several girls in it," said Larissa.
The Academy runs on a Friday afternoon after school at 4:30pm. It begins on Friday 17 April and is sponsored by local business Greenhous Volvo in Shrewsbury.