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Golf talent spotting days in Cumbria
January 10, 2012

Promising young golfers in Cumbria are to be given the chance to develop their skills as part of a special talent-spotting programme in the region.

The scheme is aimed at helping boys and girls with talent and enthusiasm to develop their golfing skills to enable them to progress within the game and reach their potential.

Players do not need to be a club member or even have a handicap but must show the commitment and desire to become better players.

The programme is now in its third year and features 12 hours of high quality coaching from a PGA qualified professional between April and June. Last year nearly 100 juniors took part.

Coaching centres will be based at Barrow Golf Club, Eden GC, Carus Green GC, Whitehaven GC, Penrith GC, Appleby GC, Bentham GC and Carlisle GC.

Players will get the chance to test out their new-found skills in a series of inter-group matches culminating in an end of year contest against the Durham and Northumberland Academies.

The first steps towards getting involved in the 2012 County Academy programme take place in February when two free talent assessment days will be held. These are aimed at youngsters aged 9 to 15.

The talent assessment venues and dates are:

Saturday, February 18 th at Penrith Golf Centre and Driving Range (1pm-5pm)

Saturday, February 25 th at Carus Green Golf Club and Driving Range (1pm-5pm)

Anyone wishing to take part needs to complete an application form which is available on the Cumbria County Golf Partnership's website at

Closing date for applications is Friday, February 3rd.

Further information is available from County Academy Programme coordinator Keith Newton at

Says Keith Newton: "This will be of interest to anyone who is keen to play golf, someone who would like to learn more about the game or players who are already members of a club or have a golf handicap and want to develop their skills."

Says Jane Robinson, county development officer for the Cumbria County Golf Partnership: "The County Academy Programme is an important part of the junior golf set-up in Cumbria allowing players to develop their game while also providing a pathway towards the county level teams or finding the right club coaching for a young player to improve their game."

After the assessment days have been completed further details will be posted on the website.

The Cumbria County 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 Cumbria the partnership is supported by the Cumbria Ladies County Golf Association, the Cumbria Union of Golf Clubs, The Eden Valley Sports Partnership and the PGA North East/West.

For more details of the activities in Cumbria visit

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