McClaren academy to expand in 2022

The Steve McClaren Golf Academy is set to grow in 2022 following a successful first two years for its players.

The academy – launched in 2020 by the former England, Middlesbrough and Newcastle United manager – will be hosting a selection day for new players at Close House on February 24 from 10am. The day is aimed at juniors under the age of 11, who will join a new cohort of players. Juniors aged 11-15 can also try out to join the current academy.

The academy is run by PGA professional Simon Robinson, a former tour player turned elite-level coach to DP World Tour players; strength and conditioning coach Stuart Parnaby, who works with top golfers including PGA Tour member Callum Tarren; and sports psychologist Josh McClaren, who has worked with a number of leading sportspeople including Women’s Super League players.

Simon said: “Being involved in this programme has been amazing. The commitment and energy of the kids is inspiring, and I can’t thank Steve enough for having the vision to create the programme.”

The current squad includes Toby Mitford, Tom Hartshorne, Millie Hixon, Ben Mawson and Callum Brown. Their list of achievements to date include a Durham junior championship, an 11-year-old reaching a two handicap, and a growing list of national and international honours.

As well as delivering sessions for the older group of players in 2022, the team is looking to identify the next generation of academy players.

“The aim of the programme is to launch the careers of elite golfers and the professionals of the future though specially tailored fortnightly sessions with our team,” added Simon. “Being part of the academy is a big commitment, but our aim is to identify and fully support a few selected players with everything they need to make it to the very top of the game.”

For more information and to take part in the selection day at Close House on February 24, email