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3rd July, 2012

Top National Award for Addington Court Golf Club

Head professional Simon Shepherd and Director of Golf Paul Oliver

A Surrey golf club which has introduced 2000 children to golf over the last three years, has won a top national award for its schools programme.

They won this major award in the Community Sport and Recreation Awards 2012 against 320 different sports.  They will be  presented with the award at a ceremony at St James' Palace on 19 July by HRH The Earl of Wessex.

Addington Court Golf Club, on the outskirts of Croydon, is among the winners of the 2012 Community Sport and Recreation Awards from the Sport and Recreation Alliance. It's the third time in two years that the club has been recognised for its work with schools.

Director of golf Paul Oliver (pictured right) said: "We are thrilled to have won this award. We work hard with local schools and really enjoy seeing the children progress. This national award really is the icing on the cake."

The club was nominated by England Golf, the amateur governing body, and beat off the challenge from a host of other sports to win the School Links award.

Addington Court's PGA professionals take structured coaching sessions with 24 primary schools and 12 secondary schools in Croydon. This has made golf accessible to many youngsters who would not have otherwise been introduced to the sport.

The club has also forged links with pupil referral units, girls' schools and sixth form colleges. It runs after-school sessions for 15 different groups every week and has introduced an innovative coloured wrist band scheme that motivates young people to progress and develop their skills to the best of their ability

Last year, Addington Court won the Golf Foundation's Bonallack Award, given for a great school project, and earlier this year were runners-up in England Golf's GolfMark Club of the Year Award. The GolfMark recognises clubs which are junior and beginner friendly.

England Golf development manager Richard Flint said: "It is a fantastic achievement by Addington Court to have won this School Links award.

"The club has shown a consistently excellent attitude to reaching out to local youngsters. The children have benefitted hugely from the coaching of the Addington Court PGA professionals, who have a high degree of dedication, imagination and skill, and really get the best out of each individual."

Paul Oliver and head professional Simon Shepherd (pictured left) will be presented with the £1000 award by the Earl of Wessex at the Alliance's annual meeting on 19 July.  

Tim Lamb, chief executive of the Alliance said: "The awards are an annual highlight for grassroots sport and recreation. It's the work of these clubs and organisations that create cohesive communities, more happy and motivated people and a pool of talent for the future."

England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.
England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.
Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative 'Get into Golf'.
England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming 'The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.


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