Awards galore for golf club

Date: Monday 1st April 2019

PENRITH Golf Club has been re-awarded its GolfMark accreditation, which incorporates Sport England’s Clubmark and SafeGolf.

GolfMark is a national recognition that has been designed to support all clubs, however big or small, to achieve distinct operating standards in four key areas — recruitment and retention, management and sustainability, coaching and competitions, and safeguarding.

All clubs striving for this award are asked to reach a number of “essential requirements” in four areas.

The club has demonstrated to England Golf that it has met all the “essential requirements” and provided evidence to support the application.

As part of this work, the club will also be awarded a SafeGolf accreditation. Safe Golf is a partnership of UK Golf organisations committed to promoting a safe and positive environment for all those participating, working and volunteering in the sport.

The partnership consists of members from golfing organisations across Great Britain and Ireland and has been established to help golf respond to the issue of child protection in sport.

SafeGolf is the safeguarding standard England Golf has in place so that all affiliated clubs provide a positive experience for children. It is also the way to show that the club has high standards to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

To achieve SafeGolf status clubs have to demonstrate that comprehensive safeguarding policies and procedures are in place across the club.

The Penrith club has been working closely with England Golf to assure them that it has met the requirement.

The Golf Foundation has also confirmed that Penrith has been selected to deliver the charity’s flagship scheme, HSBC Golf Roots. This means the club and facilities reach out into schools and the wider community to provide young people with a fun and safe introduction to golf, led by a qualified PGA professional coach.

In addition, the club will be one of four clubs in Cumbria selected to deliver the Cumbria “Girls Golf Rocks” programme. This is a joint venture run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation together with the support of county associations.

It encourages girls aged five to 18 to learn to play golf in a fun and friendly way.

Girls Golf Rocks will run in 26 counties in England during 2019, including Cumbria, offering free taster sessions, girls only coaching and the chance to get out and play.

The programme will begin with a taster session on Sunday, 19th May, and Penrith Golf Club is looking forward to girls being provided the opportunity to visit the club and enjoy fun golf.

Penrith Golf Club chairman Bill Pettigrew said: “I am extremely pleased that the club has received such recognition which rewards the hard work being carried out to develop and strengthen all sections of the club.”