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New golf scheme for North East England
April 15, 2011

Clubs across the north east are backing a major new drive to open up the game of golf for newcomers.

Two dozen clubs have signed up to support the Get Into Golf initiative which offers anyone interested in taking up the sport the fantastic opportunity to take part in six FREE lessons with a qualified golf professional.

It is the biggest project launched in the region to provide an easy and accessible route into the sport for beginners.

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

The Get into Golf scheme - which is aimed at the 16 plus age bracket - is being organised by the Northumberland and Durham county golf partnerships 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 the north east, which means no-one should have far to travel to take advantage of the scheme.

Regional development officer Jason Budd said: "It has never been easier to get into golf thanks to schemes like this - and never too late to take up the sport.

"This project is aimed at those who are over the age of 16 and gives people the chance to sample both the game and the atmosphere at the clubs taking part - without having to spend a penny.

"The lessons will provide a fun and structured introduction to the game, so no matter what age you are it is never too late to take up golf.

"As well as the sporting challenge of playing the game, it is a great way of meeting new people, enjoying a healthy lifestyle out in the fresh air and a thriving social scene, especially if you go on to become a member of a golf club."

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

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

NORTHUMBERLAND

ARCOT HALL: Carl Nicholls (0191 2362794 Ext 3) Tuesday, May 12 (7pm)

CLOSE HOUSE: Sally Hinton (01661 852255) Sunday, May 8 (2pm)

GOSWICK: David Ord (07752 007516) Friday, May 6 (6.30pm)

LINDEN HALL: Sam Oliver (01670 500011) Saturday, May 7 (2pm)

MATFEN HALL: Peter Smith (01661 886400) Friday, May 6 (10am)

PARKLANDS: Mark Watkins (0191 236 4480) Wednesday, May 4 (7pm)

PONTELAND: Alan Robson-Crosby (01661 822689 Ext 2) Wednesday, May 4 (10am)

PRUDHOE: John Perry (01661 832466) Monday, May 9 (7pm)

SEAHOUSES: Eileen Yates (01665 721975) Saturday, May 7 (5pm)

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

TYNEMOUTH: John McKenna (0191 2580728) Saturday, May 14 (2pm)

WHITLEY BAY: Peter Crosby (0191 2525688) Monday, May 9 (6pm)

More details are available on the website www.northumberlandcgp.co.uk or by emailing county development officer Lisa Ferrie at cdonorthumberland@yahoo.com

DURHAM

BEAMISH PARK: Chris Cole (0191 3701984) Thursday, May 12 (6pm)

BISHOP AUCKLAND:Michael Pilgrim (01388 661618) Tuesday, May 3 (6pm)

BLACKWELL GRANGE: Doug Christie (01325 462088) Monday, May 9 (6pm)

DARLINGTON: James Cousins (01325 484198) Thursday, May 5 (6pm)

HEWORTH: Warren Marshall (0191 438 4223) Monday, June 6 (6pm)

HOBSON: Jack Ord (01207 271605) Sunday, May 29 (9.30am)

RAMSIDE: Mark Rayson (0191 386 9514) Tuesday, May 3 (6.30pm)

SEATON CAREW: Clifford Jackson (01492 890660) Sunday, May 22 (10am)

SHARPLEY: Julie Welch (07725 009114) Tuesday, May 10 (6pm)

SOUTH MOOR: Shaun Cowell (01207 283525) Tuesday, May 3 (6pm)

WEARSIDE: Jacquie Wade (0191 385 3986) Saturday, May 7 (10.30am)

WICKHAM: Gary McLure (0191 488 8591) Thursday, May 12 (3pm)

For more details visit the website www.durhamgolfpartnership.com or email Jonathan Ward on cdo@durhamgolfpartnership.com

The Get into Golf campaign is one of a number of projects aimed at increasing participation in golf run under the umbrella of the county golf partnerships. 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 www.northumberlandcgp.co.uk

For more information on the work of the Northumberland County Golf Partnership contact Lisa Ferrie, County Development Officer, Northumberland County Golf Partnership.

Website: www.northumberlandcgp.co.uk

Mobile: 07771 525495

Email: cdonorthumberland@yahoo.com

In Durham the partnership is supported by the Durham Ladies County Golf Association, the Durham Union of Golf Clubs and the Durham PGA.

For more details of the activities in Durham visit www.durhamgolfpartnership.com/

For more information on the work of the Durham County Golf Partnership contact Jonathan Ward, County Development Officer, Durham County Golf Partnership.

Website: http://www.durhamgolfpartnership.com/

Mobile: 077758 48602

Email: jonathan.k.ward@hotmail.co.uk








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