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Staffordshire students get golfing opportunity
October 3, 2011

Students in Staffordshire are being encouraged to take up course work with a difference.

The Staffordshire County Golf Partnership has launched a special drive aimed at encouraging those at university to carry on playing - or to take up - the sport.

Free taster sessions are being held for students at Stafford University and Keele University for anyone interested in giving golf a go as part of the Get into Golf campaign.

In addition a series of five group coaching sessions have been arranged at the bargain price of just £25. In both cases all golfing equipment will be provided.

The Staffordshire Golf Partnership is also developing a series of special offers and discounts to help students keep up their interest in golf while on a tight budget.

Explains Sean Hammill, county development officer for the Staffordshire Golf Partnership: "Research has shown that the student population is one of those that is sometimes lost to golf. Even those who may already play the game find it difficult to keep up their interest while studying for exams.

"But we hope this scheme will help anyone interested in the sport to give it a go, while those already playing can carry on developing their skills. The pathways we are creating into local clubs will also help those who are away from their normal home courses.

"This will be a chance to start - or carry on learning - golf with the help of a qualified PGA professional.

"The Partnership also recognises that when it comes to paying for golf, students have other priorities they must meet from their budgets so we hope the discounts and special offers we have lined up will help them still enjoy golf without it costing too much."

Leaflets were handed out to newcomers at the universities as part of freshers' week.

Adds Sean Hammill: "We had a very positive response, with more than 100 taking part in the taster sessions, 250 expressing an interest in golf and one student already taking up membership of a local club."

The taster sessions take place on Wednesday afternoons at 2pm on October 5/26, November 30 or January 25. Further details for Satfford students from Cath Taylor, Student activities co-ordinator (Tel: 01782 294629, or for Keele contact Michael Huss, Sports Development Officer. Tel: 01782 733638 (W); 07966637228 (M)

The coaching sessions are being run at Stafford by Jon Watts (Tel: 07773 399 583 Email: ) and at Keele by Dan Hewitt (Tel: 07752107408 Email: )

Discounted rates, on production of a student union card, have been arranged for both Keele Driving Range (Tel: 01782 717417) and St Thomas's Priory, near Stafford (Tel: 01543 491911).

St Thomas's is also offering term-time only membership for just £180 and a 12-month membership for £315.

Green fees for students at the two universities will be (Monday to Friday) £13 before 12 noon and £7.50 after.

The Arriva 825 bus can be caught from the University or City Centre and stops outside the golf club, near Armitage.

Further details about what is on offer can be found at

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