Darren's tireless work is rewarded with prestigious accolade
Bourne Golf Centre coach Darren Game has landed a prestigious award.
Game was the Burroughs Award winner at the Golf Foundation Presidents’ event which was held at Wentworth.
The event is aimed at celebrating the ‘fantastic people at the heart of junior golf’ and Game’s accolade was awarded for his tireless work to make golf more inclusive in his community.
Game has encouraged all abilities of young golfer to work together and has been running weekly golf sessions at Willoughby School (special school) for the past five years, including an annual trip to Bourne Golf Centre, ensuring they play in School Games GolfSixes with mainstream pupils.
The pathway continues with monthly coaching at Bourne GC where eight players with a disability are now academy members.
A focus is placed on training young volunteers, who assist him in the golf sessions (one keen volunteer is a wheelchair user).
And Willoughby School teacher Rebecca Lee believes that the players who are disabled look up to the sports leaders as role models.
She said: “If it wasn't for Darren’s enthusiasm, golf would be something the students at Willoughby School would never experience.”
The Golf Foundation is the nationally recognised charity that works with national partners to encourage young people to ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in the sport.
Its HSBC Golf Roots programme reaches 500,000 youngsters a year, creating a pathway from discovering golf in schools and the community to playing regular golf at golf clubs.
The charity offers boys and girls the opportunity to enjoy all aspects of the sport with an emphasis on ‘Skills for Life’ learning to support young people as they develop, both on and off the course.
Golf Foundation chairman Stephen Lewis thanked all the charity’s core funders and supporters for the backing.
He said: “We are hugely grateful to everyone who chooses to support us.
“Without this help our team wouldn’t be able to make the progress with so many local projects and many of these great award winners wouldn’t be able to express their enthusiasm and passion in helping some of the fantastic young people.”
Chief executive Brendon Pyle added: “We received so many brilliant nominations which shows just how much is being done in golf clubs, schools and communities to encourage youngsters into the game.
“The people on stage represented all the fantastic people at the heart of junior golf.”