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Free lessons on offer in Northumberland
June 15, 2011

Nearly 200 would-be golfers signed up for the first round of free lessons, with clubs across the county putting on extra sessions to cope with demand.

Now clubs are backing the second stage of a campaign aimed at helping both absolute beginners and former golfers who want to get back into the sport.

Get into Golf is a project that offers high quality coaching - all for FREE - and 12 clubs have signed up to host summer coaching courses.

And there is no need to make an immediate investment in golf equipment.

The scheme - which is aimed at the 16 plus age bracket - is organised by the Northumberland Golf Partnership and offers

SIX coaching sessions with a qualified PGA professional. These will cover all aspects of the game from basic swing, pitching, putting and bunker play.

- All equipment will be provided

- Venues across Northumberland, which means no-one should have far to travel to take advantage of the scheme.

Lisa Ferrie, the Northumberland partnership's County Development Officer, said: "This is an ideal chance to try golf, meet people and get fit - and all for free!

"The Get into Golf programme in the spring proved to be a great success. Now we hope the summer dates will attract another round of newcomers.

"This programme is open to everyone over the age of 16 who is not a member of a golf club or who did not take part in the spring events.

"Our aim is to get people who used to play golf back playing and also to get new people trying golf for the first time."

Anyone interested is asked to book their sessions direct with the club they want to attend.

New clubs taking part include Alnmouth-Foxton GC, Bedlington GC, Longhirst GC and Percy Wood GC.

The clubs taking part, their contact details and the date the courses start are:

ALNMOUTH-FOXTON GC: Peter Simpson (01665 830231) Thursday, July 21 (6.30pm)

ARCOT HALL: Carl Nicholls (0191 2362794 Ext 3) Thursday, July 7 (7pm)

BEDLINGTON GC: Marcus Webb (01670 822087) Wednesday, July 13 (6.30pm)

CLOSE HOUSE: Sally Hinton (01661 852255) Sunday, July 17 (2pm)

GOSWICK: David Ord (07752 007516) Friday, July 1 (6.30pm)

LINDEN HALL: Gordon Morrisson (01670 500011) Saturday, July 2nd (12pm)

LONGHIRST GC: Graham Chambers (01670 791562) Sunday, July 3 (5pm)

MATFEN HALL: Peter Smith (01661 886400) Friday, July 15 (10am)

PERCY WOOD GC: Peter Richie (01670 787010) Tuesday, August 16 (6pm)

PRUDHOE: John Perry (07950 830480) Monday, July 11 (6pm)

SEAHOUSES: David Ord (07752 007516) Saturday, July 16 (5pm)

SLALEY HALL: Steve McNally (07879 670038) Tuesday, July 26 (6pm)

More details are available on the website or by emailing county development officer Lisa Ferrie at

The Get into Golf campaign is one of a number of projects aimed at increasing participation in golf run under the umbrella of the Northumberland County Golf Partnership. This is a collaboration of a number of stakeholders in the sport including the English Golf Union, The English Women's Golf Association, the PGA, the Golf Foundation and Sport England.

In Northumberland the partnership is supported by the Northumberland Union of Golf Clubs, the Northumberland Ladies County Golf Association, the Northumberland Junior Golfing Association and the Professional Golfers' Association.

For more details of the activities in Northumberland visit

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