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Shoppers can tee up in Warwickshire
October 21, 2011

Shoppers in Warwickshire are to be given the chance to swap their tea bags for tee pegs.

Special golf taster sessions will be on offer in Sutton Coldfield as part of Expo 2011.

The event takes place on Saturday, October 29 (9am-5pm) and is backed by the Sutton Coldfield Town Centre Partnership.

People of all ages will be able to give golf a go on a special putting green and in the practice net.

Head coach Matt Morris from Walmley Golf Club and his PGA team - Joe Smoothy and Sam Stuart, who are both former junior players at the club - will be on hand to offer tips while officials from the club will provide information about how would-be golfers can take part in follow up taster sessions, lessons or even become members of the club.

Junior organiser John Simpson, who will be at the event to give details of junior taster sessions at the club, says: "We want to encourage people of all ages to think about joining our club. They will find a friendly welcome and a golf course in fine condition that can be enjoyed by all abilities."

Local schools are already well represented in the junior section at Walmley, including Bishop Vesey, King Edwards Aston, Fairfax, John Wilmott, Arthur Terry, Bishop Walsh and Plantsbrook schools.

Adds John Simpson: "With Olympic year approaching and young people being encouraged to take up sport, we would like to encourage more pupils from the local schools to try golf as a regular sport."

Says Warwickshire Golf Partnership county development officer Julia Burton: "This will be a chance for people to try hitting real golf balls with real clubs and enjoy a taste of the sport. This is a great example of a club being proactive in finding a way of taking the sport to people outside the usual confines of a club or driving range.

"The clubs, along with the county union and association, have done a great job in encouraging people of all ages to take up the sport. These taster sessions give people the chance to see what golf has to offer - from a healthy, sporting exercise to the enjoyable social side of being a member of a club."

Walmley Golf Club was founded in 1902 and is situated in Brooks Road, Wylde Green. The clubhouse affords splendid views over the attractive 18 hole parkland course.

European Challenge Tour player Sam Walker is a former Walmley junior while Abbey Gittings also joined before moving to America, where she is enjoying a successful time on the US women's college circuit. A student at the Nova Southeaster University in Florida, she recently won the Lady Falcon Invitational - her second title of the season.

For more information about joining Walmley Golf Club visit the club website or contact John Shakespeare on

A number of projects aimed at increasing participation in golf are run under the umbrella of the Warwickshire 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 Warwickshire the partnership is supported by the Warwickshire Union of Golf Clubs (WUGC), the Warwickshire Ladies' County Golf Association (WLCGA) and the Warwickshire PGA.

For more details of the activities in Warwickshire visit

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