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Tee it up at a Shropshire supermarket
April 20, 2011

Shoppers in Shrewsbury are to be given the chance to swap their tee bags for tee pegs next month.

Special golf taster sessions will be on offer at the Sainsbury's store in Shrewsbury, on Meole Brace Retail Park, on May 1.

Customers will get the opportunity to have a go at golf and will be given free tuition and information on surrounding venues where they can access the sport.

The taster session is being delivered by the Shropshire and Herefordshire County Golf Partnership as part of the county-wide drive to encourage more people into the sport.

Says county development officer Mark Taylor: "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.

"To support their work we have been looking at ways of taking the sport to people outside the usual confines of a club or driving range.

"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. We will be telling people about what is on offer at the golfing facilities in the Shrewsbury and wider area."

This is the first time golf will be delivered in store at Sainsbury's, who are keen to show customers the many benefits golf can offer. This project also works well alongside the support Sainsbury's offer to schools through their Active Kids programme.

The coaching will be delivered throughout the day from 10.00am till 4.00pm with County Development Officer & PGA Advanced Professional Mark Taylor and local PGA Professional Phil Toomer from Shrewsbury Driving Range

A second taster session at Sainsbury's is planned for the Hereford supermarket on June 25.

Adds Mark Taylor: "We are very grateful for the support of Sainsbury's in this initiative."

The taster sessions are part of a wide-range of projects taking place in Shropshire and Herefordshire.

PGA Academy coaches Mark Taylor and Phil Toomer have delivered Try Golf sessions to pupils at The Grove school in Market Drayton while Lilleshall Hall professional Rob Bluck has been coaching children with additional needs at The Bridge school in Telford. The sessions proved so popular with both pupils and staff that the scheme was extended for a further term.

The county golf partnership has also held its second round of talent-spotting days for the 2011 County Academy programme, which saw more than 100 juniors receive extra coaching last year.

The County Academy is one of a number of projects aimed at increasing participation in golf run under the umbrella of the Shropshire and Herefordshire Golf Partnership, which is a collaboration of the major stakeholders in golf, including the English Golf Union, The English Women's Golf Association, the PGA, the Golf Foundation and Sport England.

In Shropshire and Herefordshire the partnership is supported by the Shropshire and Herefordshire Union of Golf Clubs, Shropshire County Ladies' Golf Association and the Shropshire and Herefordshire Professional Golfers Association.

For more details of the activities in Shropshire and Herefordshire visit

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