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Junior golf presentations at Toft
Junior golf presentations at Toft

Bourne Abbey and Bourne Elsea Park Church of England Primary Academies are looking to host trainee teachers as part of a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) course from September 2015.

The UK also has the best players in the world, both gents and ladies, playing all the year round from luxurious locations.

The sport of course is golf.

Last Friday saw a celebration of junior golf and presentation evening at Toft Country House Hotel and Golf Club showing the development of golf in the Bourne area and the large number of children playing golf at Toft and within the local community.

Hosted by Darren Game, junior officer and coach at Toft and PGA Coach at Lincs Junior Golf Academy, Darren spoke of how golf has changed and developed since he was a child and at school in Bourne.

He spoke and thanked all the local schools especially the head teachers whom have allowed SNAG® Golf into their schools as after school clubs, and also into curriculum PE lessons.

As a result of this Toft Hotel Golf Club asked Darren back to help rebuild a dwindling junior section and the rewards were shown last Friday.

Thirty children (aged between seven and 12) from a total currently of 50 that attend regular coaching sessions with Darren at Toft were present with their certificates and awards.

All the awards were presented Ian Taylor, Team GB men’s hockey goalkeeper and gold medallist at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.

After being welcomed by Alan Smith, Toft Hotel Golf Club Chairman and South Lincs Junior Golf Organiser, Ian gave a very motivational speech to the hundred people present, about his sporting experience at the very highest level and about winning a gold medal, which his speech finished with him taking the medal from his top pocket.

Of course golf is an Olympic sport next year, so as he said to all the children ‘you now be an Olympian too’.

The academy at Toft is continuing to develop and grow. Of the 50 having regular coaching sessions, some travel from as far away as Sleaford and Spalding for the sessions, 18 have joined Toft as junior academy members, three becoming full junior members too - 19 of them are girls of which seven are members.

Golf is a sport without barriers, and Bourne Willoughby Special Needs School recently having had coaching on site visited Toft and played on the full course.

Over the holidays, coaching is available to these children with additional learning needs, further coaching will be available and four of them will be sponsored by Ayscoughfee Hall School, Spalding, for membership of Toft in due course.

Golf is a great sport that the whole family can play, regardless of age, ability, size, additional needs and you do not have to be any good to enjoy it.

For more information about how to get your child into golf, and the coaching sessions that are available please call Darren Game on 07827 293679 or e-mail him darren@lincolnshirejuniorgolf academy.co.uk

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