McClaren launches academy

Steve McClaren is lending his support to Rockliffe Hall’s new golfing initiative for talented young players.

The former England, Middlesbrough and Newcastle United manager has teamed up with Rockliffe Hall’s head of instruction Simon Robinson to set up the Steve McClaren Golf Programme.

Six young players – Callum Brown, Callum Moncur, Millie Hixon, Tom Hartshorne, Toby Mitford and Freddie Walker – will take part in the programme.

Simon, who won the European and World Boys title as a teenager before playing on the European Tour, heads up the programme, offering coaching and game management. Meanwhile, former Middlesbrough footballer Stuart Parnaby will look after strength and conditioning, and Steve’s 23-year-old son Josh will handle sports psychology.

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

Steve added: “I thought it would be a good idea to get five or six of the best in this area, form a little academy, and see if we can take them right through by giving them the very best opportunity to reach their potential. If they work hard and are dedicated, we will see where it goes.”