Voluntary service

Durham County Golf Union is looking for volunteers to support its working across the county.

Around 150,000 people give up their time to support the game across the country – and that includes Durham, but the Durham union needs more help to support its work.

The Union has just one employed member of staff and already has a great team of volunteers, helping organise county championships, deliver coaching programmes, carry out course ratings and much more.

Over the last few years the union has taken some big strides forward, introducing online championship entries and adopting the USGA course rating system, and now it needs to recruit some more volunteers.

Jonathan Ward, the Durham County secretary, said: “Volunteering with Durham County Golf Union is an enjoyable way of giving something back to the game and there is a role to suit anyone who wishes to get involved… no matter how much time they have to give.”

There is a variety of opportunities, such as marketing and promotion, and the chance to be trained in areas including course rating, handicapping and refereeing.

Ken Joel, Durham Boys’ coaching chairman, said: “Volunteering has been a great way of using my knowledge of golf to give something back to the game that I have enjoyed for many years. To witness young talent develop into elite players who have gone on to represent England is very rewarding.”

To find out more or to register your interest in volunteering at Durham CGU visit durhamgolfunion.co.uk/volunteering or if you are interested in volunteering in other areas go to englandgolf.org/volunteers