Providing Golf For All Primary School Children
"Unless children experience golf at Primary School age they are highly unlikely to take up the game"
The vast majority of schools do not have golf as part of the curriculum so the Children's Golf Trust was formed to change this and to allow all children within Primary Schools the chance to try golf in a safe, fun environment and to hopefully get their golfing journey started.
Our aim is to increase the participation of children playing golf and to provide a pathway from schools to possible membership at golf clubs.
To achieve this aim we fund enthusiastic PGA Professionals to provide golf for all primary school children in their local community by:
Delivering golf sessions in Primary Schools during curriculum time.
Providing after-school golf sessions at the schools and golf clubs
Running fun golf festivals at schools, parks or golf clubs.
Golf Sessions in Primary Schools
The PGA Professionals will provide golf sessions during curriculum time to all pupils from Primary 1 to Primary 7. These fun classes will cover various aspects of golf, from putting, to chipping, to pitching and long game, closely following the school curriculum. The activities, eventhough golf in nature, will involve such things as numeracy and literacy to aid educational development.
After School Golf Sessions
After the curriculum time sessions are completed all children from Primary 1 to Primary 7 will be offered the chance to attend after school sessions to continue their golfing journey.
Fun games and activities will be enjoyed by all with a view to progressing on to the golf course at the next stage.
Fun Golf Festivals
The golf festival is a great way to enagage the whole community. All children from local Primary Schools will be invited to attend to take part in the fun golfing activities which will take place either at the school, a local park or at the golf course.
With funding provided by the Children's Golf Trust several new projects have started this October.
The PGA Professionals commenced their in-curriculum sessions at the following Primary Schools:
Troon Primary P1-P7 (374 Pupils)
Struthers Primary P1-P7 (309 Pupils)
Others will follow in January including:
Glenburn Primary, Wellington Primary and Doonfoot Primary.
It is prediced that over 2000 children will have experienced golf sessions from the PGA Professionals, through funding from the Trust, prior to Easter 2020.
How We Benefit The Public
With the Children's Golf Trust introducing golf in to the local community via the Primary School the following benefits occur:
Increased Golf Participation - Every child within that Primary School will have the chance to receive the golf sessions. All the sessions will be free of charge to allow everyone to experience golf and increase participation in the game.
Increased Physical and Mental Health - Physical and mental health will be improved with increase participation in sport, this will improve fitness levels and get children more active.
Helping Education - The sessions that we provide will run alongside the Primary School's curriculum incorporating Maths and English in the sessions to help education.
Helping Social Interaction - Golf is a great way to learn and improve social interaction with others. Learning new skills and completing different games and activities will offer a sense of accomplishment. All these will help to increase health and wellbeing.
Helping Teamwork - Children will generally work as a team within the sessions, along with some individual aspects. This teaches the importance of listening, concentration, working together, discipline and controlling emotions. This provides a sense of achievement that will help to develop better social skills and interaction.
"To advance the public participation in golf for all Primary School Children"
We are incredibly grateful to be supported by our partners below
The PGA Professionals we fund should create a superb atmosphere at the schools and we hope that our projects, and many more to come, will result in some wonderful quotes such as the ones below that the PGA Professionals' at Royal Troon received after their sessions earlier this year when they were funded by the Scottish Junior Sports and Health Trust.
They show just how much impact an enthusiastic PGA Professional can have when delivering golf sessions in Primary Schools.
Troon Primary School
"The sessions both supported and challenged our young learners and fitted closely to our curriculum allowing our learners to develop numeracy and literacy through golf"
"The first time I played golf was at school"
"The golf after-school club was good because I liked hitting the ball towards the target"
"I loved playing golf and we did lots of different fun activities"
"The Professionals did a great job of making golf fun and helped me to get better at golf"
"The professionals were great at helping people, especially those who hadn't played before. They explained things clearly and made it fun"
Troon Primary School
"These sessions allowed pupils to access a number of skills such as putting, pitching and chipping in an engaging, exciting and fun way"
I can’t thank the PGA Professionals enough for the time they have invested in developing core golf skills with every pupil at Troon Primary. Initial sessions were offered to every class from P1-P7 as part of our PE programme. These sessions allowed pupils to access a number of skills such as putting, pitching and chipping in an engaging, exciting and fun way. The sessions both supported and challenged our young learners and fitted closely to our curriculum allowing our learners to develop numeracy and literacy skills through golf.
Royal Troon went on to offer three After School Clubs for 8 weeks allowing pupils to develop their skills even further. The activities built on previous skills and the time and care Gary and Adam gave to each and every pupil was phenomenal. Support continues by giving our pupils supported sessions on the golf course which is an exciting prospect for many of our pupils.
We have a whole school enthused by golf and look forward to continuing a close relationship with Royal Troon.
(Troon Primary School)
“The golf afterschool club was good because I liked hitting the ball towards the target.”
I learned how to putt, pitch and chip.”
“I loved pitching. The first time I played golf was at school.”
“I loved playing golf and we did lots of different and fun activities.”
“The professionals did a great job of making golf fun and helped me to get better at golf.”
“I play a lot of golf already but I still enjoyed the sessions with the professionals. I was inspired to use more clubs when playing and felt I got much better at hitting the ball accurately.”
“The professionals were great at helping people, especially those who hadn’t played golf before. They explained things clearly and made it fun!”
“I thought the activities were fun, although they were challenging, they were achievable and fun!”
“The golf professionals were helpful because I found chipping hard to start with. They spent time with me and showed me how to get more height on the ball.”
“I enjoyed the PE sessions and was really interested in learning more about golf so I went to the After School Club.”
“The club was fun because I liked being able to take long shots.”
“The professionals showed me the right technique and were always there to help and offer advice to help me improve.”
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