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14th January 2013


THE search is on for the next generation of promising young golfers in Cumbria.

The county's talent-spotting programme is aimed at helping boys and girls with talent and enthusiasm to develop their golfing skills to enable them to progress within the game and reach their full potential.

The County Academy programme is now in its fourth year and features high quality coaching from PGA qualified professionals.

Last year 76 juniors took part in the project, which is run under the umbrella of the Cumbria County Golf Partnership.

Coaching centres will be based at Barrow Golf Club (Mike Newton), Carus Green GC (Andrew Pickering/Dave Turner), Whitehaven GC (Mark Mattinson), Penrith GC (Andrew Sowerby), Appleby GC (Gaele Tapper), Carlisle Driving Range (Stuart Rafferty) and Carlisle GC (Graeme Lisle).

The 2013 plan features the introduction, for the first time, of two separate programmes for different age groups.

The County Academy Programme will cater for young players between the ages of 14-18, who will receive 21 hours of coaching in seven three-hour sessions.

The coaching sessions will include an insight into exercise, psychology and diet on top of the technicalities of golf, course management, the rules and etiquette. The cost per year to players will be £80.

The Cumbria Golf Academy is aimed at those in the 10 to 13 age bracket and includes 12 hours of coaching in six two-hour sessions.

The coaching sessions will include game improvement, course management, the rules and etiquette and will cost £60 per player.

Players will get the chance to test out their new-found skills in a series of inter-group matches culminating in an end of year contest against the Durham and Northumberland Academies.

The first steps towards getting involved in the 2013 programme take place throughout March when five free talent assessment days will be held.

The dates and venues are:

Saturday, March 2: Penrith Driving Range (1pm)

Saturday, March 9: Whitehaven GC (1pm)

Saturday, March 16: Carus Green GC (1pm)

Saturday, March 23: Carlisle Driving Range (1pm)

Saturday, March 30: Barrow GC (1pm)

Anyone wishing to take part must be recommended by their home golf club and complete the application from provided to the club.

Closing date for applications is three days prior to the assessment date at each centre.

Further information is available from County Academy Programme coordinator Keith Newton at

Says Keith Newton: “We believe the changes we have made to the programme for 2013 will enable the Cumbria County Golf Partnership to provide an enhanced coaching experience for the young players. By dividing the age groups in two, we can tailor the coaching to fit the needs of the younger and older players.

“With the support of the PGA professionals, the County Academy programme gives young players the chance to be as good as they can be.”

Says Nicola Martindale, county development officer for the Cumbria County Golf Partnership: “The County Academy Programme is an important part of the junior golf set-up in Cumbria allowing players to develop their game while also providing a pathway towards the county level teams or finding the right club coaching for a young player to improve their game.

“There is a big difference between a 10 year-old starting out in golf and a 16 year-old who has been playing for a number of years. But by providing a new, two-tier approach we can provide the right coaching at the right age to help young players develop at the right pace.”

After the assessment days have been completed, players will be contacted by

County Academy Programme coordinator Keith Newton.

The England Golf Partnership (EGP) brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf and the PGA, to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England.

County Golf Partnerships, involving the county men's women's and professional organisations, are part of the EGP's Whole Sport Plan for golf and an integral part of its vision to make England the world's leading golf nation by 2020.

In Cumbria the partnership is supported by the Cumbria Ladies County Golf Association, the Cumbria Union of Golf Clubs, The Eden Valley Sports Partnership and the PGA North East/West.

For more details of the activities in Cumbria visit

For more information on the work of the Cumbria County Golf Partnership contact Nicola Martindale, County Development Officer, Cumbria County Golf Partnership.


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