YOUNGSTERS from a Warwickshire Scout group tried their hand at golf and found it was far more fun than they had expected.
Around 20 Scouts, aged between 10 and 13, from the ninth Warwick Emscote group took part in a golf taster event at Newbold Comyn Golf Course.
The children worked in groups of three as PGA professional Jason Powell taught the groups the basics of how to hold the club and hit the ball.
They looked at how to improve the swing by making sure they were standing in the correct position as well as the importance of keeping your eye on the ball rather than turning your head in the direction you want to hit it.
“A few had played before but most had only tried crazy golf before,” said Scout leader Jo Kelsall. “They had assumed that proper golf wasn’t for them. It was just something your Dad does or for old people.
“However, once they had a go they really had fun and realised it was accessible and something they could take part in beyond the one-off taster course.
“It was a glorious evening which went really well. I had seen Get into golf advertised and thought a taster event would be perfect for our Scout group.
“It went so well that I’m now thinking I might take a course myself along with my two daughters age eight and 10. I realised it’s a great family sport that you can all enjoy together.
“There isn’t a golfing Scout badge unfortunately, but maybe we should lobby for there to be one. It would certainly be popular with our group.”
Julia Burton is the county development officer for the Warwickshire Golf Development Group and they are working to attract more players, increase membership and develop a stronger future
She added: “These taster events are ideal for local community groups, organisations or businesses to enjoy.
“Golf is a sport that can be played by all ages and abilities and learning at such a young age can provide skills that will stay with you for the rest of your life.”
England Golf has named July as Family Golf Month and has been leading a drive to attract all the generations to get into golf together, with clubs and driving ranges across the country being invited to organise open days to highlight golf as a great game that can involve all the family.
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