Looking to the future

With the UK’s golfing landscape shifting as the game’s average age creeps higher and there is more pressure than ever before to get juniors into the game, Close House has teamed up with national motor dealer Lookers to deliver a programme of taster sessions to local schools.

PGA professional Tim Cockill plays a big part in introducing new players to the game at Close House, both young players through regular sesions and summer camps and adults through Get into Golf. He believes reaching out to schools and giving youngsters the opportunity to try the game in a fun format is the key.

“I take a lot of pride in developing golfers, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing people enjoy playing golf,” said Tim.

“We want to grow the number of people playing the game and to have the funding in place from Lookers to do that is fantastic.”

The programme, which is being delivered in 10 schools, introduces pupils to golf for the first time. The sessions start with plastic clubs and progress through to visiting the PGA Academy at Close House – the only facility of its kind in the North of England.

“The pathway is clearly laid out and the kids can try as much as they want to. The hope is that it inspires them to play golf, and we have the right pathways in place here for them,” added Tim.

As well as working in schools, Tim delivers junior coaching at the Academy and is developing a new programme to deliver coaching each night of the week. For more information contact the PGA Academy at Close House,
tel 01661 844 115.