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Assessment days at Nottinghamshire County Academy
August 14, 2011

A new scheme to help promising young golfers in Nottinghamshire is being launched with the motto: 'Be as good as you can be.'

The County Academy programme is aimed at helping talented boys and girls with potential, some of whom may not have a handicap or even a great deal of golfing experience.

Those taking part do not even need to be members of a golf club.

The first steps towards getting involved are being held in September when two talent assessment days will be held. These are aimed at youngsters between the ages of 9 and 15.

Anyone wishing to take part needs to register in advance for the assessment centre closest to their home.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the Nottinghamshire County Golf Partnership website (, or can be obtained from your local golf club or driving range.

The talent assessment venues and dates are:

Saturday, September 3 Trent Lock Golf Club

Sunday, September 11 Rufford Park Golf Club

"Over the years, the county union and association, in conjunction with the clubs and professionals, have done a wonderful job in developing golfing talent to county level," says Matthew Bloor, county development officer for the Nottinghamshire County Golf Partnership.

"This scheme is aimed at those players who have not reached the standard required for the county programme, but who have the desire and skills needed to take their game further.

"It is also designed to identify talented juniors, including children that may not have had a great deal of experience or may not yet be members of a golf club."

Coaching takes place during the winter and spring in two six hour blocks at nine centres in Nottinghamshire - Rufford Park, Norwood Park, Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club, Beeston Fields and Trent Lock, Worksop, Ramsdale Park, Edwalton and Misterton.

After the assessment days have been completed all the children will be contacted through their parents.

Successful juniors will be given a personal programme to work towards and parents will be able to follow their child's progression on line.

The County Academy co-ordinator is Jackie Macey, who is based at Norwood Park Golf Club. Her contact details are 01636 816626 or by email at

The County Academy is one of a number of projects aimed at increasing participation in golf run under the umbrella of the Nottinghamshire 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.

For more details of the activities in Nottinghamshire visit

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