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GolfMark - Getting juniors the right start in golf

GolfMark is a national scheme run by the English Golf Union (EGU) and the English Women's Golf Association (EGWA) that identifies and recognises junior- and beginner-friendly golf facilities, helping young golfers get off to the right start in golf and develop their potential in a child-safe environment.

There was a time when most golf clubs seemed to believe that juniors were a nuisance to be tolerated at best, but that era has fortunately passed, and more and more golf clubs are recognising that today's juniors are tomorrow's club members, and even the nation's future golfing stars.

The GolfMark programme takes that conviction to a new level at accredited clubs, offering a structured environment to encourage youngsters into the game, and by training coaches and volunteers in the skills needed to teach golf and work with children.

Learning golf at a GolfMark accredited club ensures young players and their parents that the coaching and playing facilities meet the highest standards for juniors, that the club environment is fun, enjoyable and welcoming to young golfers, and that child protection and duty of care needs are met by all involved at the club.

Sport England's Clubmark criteria for sports clubs with junior sections are incoroporated into the GolfMark accreditation programme, so that once awarded the GolfMark, clubs will also be recognised by Sport England as a Clubmark facility.

Certain clubs are awarded EGU/EWGA GolfMark High Achiever status, because the facilities meet additional conditions over and above the minimum standards required for GolfMark, including a wide range of competitive and coaching opportunities, regular communication and enhanced structures.

 

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