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GolfMark award for Chesterfield Golf Club
May 17, 2011

A Derbyshire golf club which set out to make itself more child friendly has earned a national award.

Chesterfield Golf Club has received its GolfMark plaque in recognition of the strides its has made in creating the right environment for young people to learn the sport.

The clubs set itself a target of attracting more youngsters to the club at the start of 2010 and began work on achieving GolfMark, a national scheme run by the English Golf Union and English Women's Golf Association.

Now the club has organised a series of events for 2011 which will make it even easier for people of all ages to take up golf.

These include:

  • Beginner taster session on Saturday, July 30 (12noon-2.00pm)
  • Open Day on August 10 for adults and juniors (10am-2.00pm)
  • Saturday morning summer coaching for adults and juniors of all abilities (11.30am-12.30pm). All those taking part receive their first set of lessons free. Full details available from the club.
  • Free beginner taster sessions arranged for local youth groups

The GolfMark award has been achieved by a hard-working team at the club, including members, professionals and parents.

Derbyshire Golf Partnership Development Officer Nigel Furniss presented the award to the Club Captain John Day, accompanied by the Ladies Captain Jan Poulton and junior organisers Bill Preston and Liz Cromwell, surrounded by members of the junior section.

GolfMark also qualifies Chesterfield for ClubMark, which is the Sport England recognition of high quality junior clubs.

Nigel Furniss, Development Officer for the Derbyshire Golf Partnership, said: "Derbyshire Golf would like to congratulate Chesterfield Golf Club on being awarded GolfMark. This demonstrates the club's commitment to encouraging junior golf and creating opportunities for people to enjoy the game of golf. All those involved in reaching this achievement deserve a vote of thanks."

GolfMark is a national scheme that incorporates ClubMark and recognises junior and beginner friendly golf facilities that focus on Coaching and Playing, Club Environment and Child Protection, and Duty of Care, all of which are extremely important to parents and children alike.

GolfMark is an initiative jointly provided by the EGU and EWGA via the England Golf Partnership's 'Whole Sport Plan' for golf and is an integral part of the England Golf Partnership's vision to 'Grow the Game'.

The Derbyshire Golf Partnership 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 Derbyshire the partnership is supported by the Derbyshire Ladies County Golf Association, the Derbyshire Union of Golf Clubs and the Derbyshire PGA.

For more details of the activities in Derbyshire visit

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