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Thousands of young golfers are set for National Skills Challenge

8th February 2013

Thousands of young golfers are set for National Skills Challenge

The winners of the 2012 National Skills Challenge, image © John Thompson

Over 6000 young golfers from almost 800 clubs in England are already registered for the 2013 National Skills Challenge, supported by FootJoy – and there's still time to join them.

The Challenge aims to make practice fun for young golfers and help them improve their putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and the long game. It also offers the best players the chance to compete at regional and national finals.

This is the fourth year that FootJoy has supported the Challenge with prizes and gifts for competitors at the regional and national finals.

Russell Lawes, FootJoy's European Marketing Manager, said: “The National Skills Challenge is a great programme that helps develop the skills of junior golfers across the country.

"The teaching sessions are conducted in a fun, informative and relaxed environment and we look forward to monitoring the progress of this year's participants, as well as wishing all players the very best of luck.”

Registered clubs receive free resources to support their junior coaching, including manuals, certificates and scorecards, and they can also take the opportunity to hold two official Challenge events.

This year, Challenge 1 can be held between Saturday, 2 March and Sunday, 5 May, while Challenge 2 can be held between Monday, 6 May and Sunday, 7 July.

Clubs which hold both official events can input their players' scores on the national online leaderboard and the leading competitors will be eligible for one of four regional finals. These will be held in August and the qualifiers will go forward to the national final at the National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa in September.

The National Skills Challenge is an initiative of the England Golf Partnership – which works to grow the game – and is run by the development team at England Golf. It is just one aspect of England Golf's commitment to developing junior golf, alongside other resources, such as the GolfMark award scheme and the Junior Organisers' Handbook.

For more information about the National Skills Challenge please visit Clubs may register at any time of year.

Caption: The winners of the 2012 National Skills Challenge, image © John Thompson

Notes for Readers:-
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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