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6th June 2010

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More than 80 pupils from four Essex schools took part in a Festival of Golf at TopGolf Chigwell on Friday May 28.

The youngsters, aged from six to 11, are part of the Government's TriGolf scheme, funded by the School Sports Partnership.

TriGolf is played with plastic sticks and balls.  The children learn putting, and how to chip balls when using Velcro balls and Velcro targets.

The Festival of Golf was the first time they had the chance to play with real irons and woods.  After 30 minutes' practice, they were given 20 balls each for a inter-school competition.

Buckhurst Hill Community Primary School came out on top.  P.E. Co-ordinator Jo Hodkinson said: "I am so happy and proud of the children.

"Working with TopGolf has been second to none.  All the staff are so professional and helpful, and it is great for the children to learn a new sport and to improve on their hand and eye co-ordination."

Connie Thomas won a medal for scoring the most points on the day.

Connie, 11, from Hereward Primary School, Loughton, said: "I am really excited to win the tournament!

"I have loved every minute of my golf lessons with TopGolf, and today has been so much fun.  I am definitely going to keep golf up."

School Sports Partnership Coaching Manager David Harris said: "TopGolf is attractive to work with because they make the kids continue an interest in golf after lessons have finished."

The four schools involved in the Festival of Golf were:

1. Buckhurst Hill, Lower Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 6DS

2. Hereward Primary, Colebrook Lane, Loughton, IG10 2HR3.

3. St John Fisher, Burney Drive, Loughton, IG10 2DY

4. Whitebridge Junior, Greensted Road, Loughton, IG10 3DR

The nationwide School Sports Partnership is an education and training package which increases the range of opportunities for young people to participate in P.E. and school sport.

TopGolf is a target golf range operator with centres in Watford, Chigwell, Essex and Addlestone, Surrey, with a total of 147 driving bays, plus first class bars and catering facilities.

TopGolf's hi-tech golf balls contain microchips that, when the balls drop in target holes up the range, send back players' individual scores based on accuracy and distance.

Electronic scoreboards in the driving bays display the score totals so players can compete against each other while improving their skill levels.

In the United States, TopGolf has centres in Dallas, Washington and Alexandria, VA.

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