Sand Martins gains GolfMark accreditation
April 17, 2008
Sand Martins Golf Club has become one of only nine clubs within the
Berks Bucks and Oxon (BB&O) Golf Union to achieve GolfMark accreditation.
GolfMark is a national scheme that identifies and recognises junior and beginner friendly golf facilities.
Sand Martins is one of just 56 clubs in the country to have achieved the prestigious award, although there are a further 343 clubs working towards accreditation, including Royal Ascot Golf Club and East Berkshire.
It has taken the junior organiser, Tommy Dean and his junior committee just six months to gain accreditation.
Dean said: “The junior committee has had great support from our junior welfare officer – retired schoolteacher Pat Price – and both club captains, Chris Leggate and Suzanne Wilson.
“We have around 76 junior members, but only two girls.
“We are trying to encourage more girls to play the game and are currently providing free coaching for girls.
“We have two juniors away on scholarships in the United States.
“Attaining the award is very pleasing and satisfying.”
Driving the GolfMark accreditation scheme is the (BB&O) Golf Partnership. The Partnership, formed in 2005, was one of three pilot projects set up in the country after Sport England, which distributes Lottery money to English Sport, designated golf as one of the top 10 sports in the country.
The aim of the Partnership – which brought together the men’s county union, the three ladies’ associations and the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) – is to work together towards increasing participation in the sport and to provide a structured golf development programme.
The BB&O Golf Partnership plans to run a number of seminars for clubs wishing to apply for GolfMark. By the end of this year it is hoped the number of clubs within the BB&O with GolfMark will have grown to 15.
Clubs needing further information should log on to www.bbogolfpartnership.com, or contact the BB&O Golf Partnership County Development Officer Justine Lawrence on 07974 064 136, or email email@example.com.