GolfMark & RangeMark

PAINSWICK GC & THE WINDMILL GOLF ACADEMY

Congratulations to both on receiving Golfmark and RangeMark accreditation respectively.

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CONGRATULATIONS! LANSDOWN GC GAINS GOLFMARK ACCREDITATION WITH HIGH ACHIEVER STATUS!

 


CONGRATULATIONS KNOWLE GC

Following the three year GolfMark review, Knowle Golf Club has been upgraded to High Achiver Status. Congratulations to all involved!


GOLFMARK   

GolfMark is a national accreditation scheme for affiliated golf clubs, that identifies and recognises junior and beginner friendly facilities. Golf Clubs are supported by EGU/EWGA Regional and/or County Development Officers on three key areas:

  • Coaching and Playing
  • Club Environment (inc. sports equity and ethics)
  • Child Protection and Duty of Care

Once a golf club is awarded GolfMark, they will be also be recognised by Sport England as a Clubmark facility - www.sportengland.org/clubmark

  

THE BENEFITS

 

CLUBMARK

Benefits for Golf Clubs:

 

  • Recognition within the local community for the clubs’ commitment to junior golf.
  • Promotion via the EGU/ELGA websites.
  • Assistance and input from an EGU/EWGA Regional Development Officer.
  • A focused plan for the development of the junior section.
  • Opportunityto review and improve policies and procedures.
  • Well coached, committed and educated juniors who may become adult members of the future.
  • A safer and more enjoyable environment for junior golfers to flourish.
  • Greater understanding about junior activities within the club by adult members.

 

Benefits for Golfers:

 

  • A structured environment in which to develop as a player and a person.
  • A fun, enjoyable, welcoming environment.
  • Access to appropriate levels of coaching and competition.
  • To be part of a game that will teach them respect, social and life skills, discipline, honesty, integrity, motivation and much, much more.

 

Benefits for Parents:

 

  • Junior-friendly clubs can easily be identified, assisting parents, especially those who do not play golf.
  • Reassurance that the needs of children have been thoroughly considered and addressed.
  • A safe and organised environment for the children.

 

As part of the EGU/EWGA GolfMark Award, once a golf club is awarded they will also be recognised by Sport England as a Clubmark facility.

 

What is Sport EnglandClubmark?

 

  • Sport England’ Clubmark is a cross-sport accreditation for sports clubs with junior sections in recognition of a quality club.
  • Clubmark is the national standard for quality sports clubs, recognised across the country.
  • Clubmark has been introduced to provide a focus around which national governing bodies, Sport England, sports coach UK, Child Protection in Sport Unit, County Sports Partnerships, English Federation of Disability Sport, Women’s Sports Foundation, Sporting Equals, local authorities and others can come together to support good practice in sports clubs working with children and young people.

 

The Benefits of Clubmark:

 

  • Increased membership.
  • Developing the golf club.
  • Helping to develop the golf club’s coaches and volunteers.
  • Helping the golf club to understand the important issues around Child Protection and Equal Opportunities.
  • Raising the club’s profile.

 

How does it link with GolfMark?

 

  • The EGU/EWGA have incorporated the Clubmark criteria into the GolfMark programme.  There is no duplication of effort required by golf clubs – one process and one set of paperwork.

GOLF RANGES GET SUPPORT FROM EGU AND EWGA

Stand-alone golf ranges are so often the starting point for newcomers to golf, as well as providing coaching and practice facilities for golfers of all standards.  . 

Both governing bodies, the EGU & EWGA, recognised the fundamental role of ranges in ‘Growing the Game’ and launched an initiative aimed at supporting these ranges.

RangeMark, as the initiative is known, has been created after close consultation with stand-alone ranges. It is a national scheme which will help driving ranges promote their facilities and meet the national standard of quality ranges.

The accreditation scheme aims to identify and recognise quality ranges and is based on ‘GolfMark’, the national scheme for clubs. To become accredited, driving ranges must meet certain standards in the areas of: Participation, Environment and Child Protection/Duty of Care.

The EGU/EWGA Development Team will support ranges to achieve RangeMark. The ranges will in turn benefit from this national recognition and, having gained accreditation, they will have access to numerous benefits:

·        Enhanced business opportunities through EGU Golf Central.

·        Promotion of ranges through the EGU/EWGA.

·        Access to coaching grants once accredited.

·        Recognition within the local community.

·        Opportunity to create links with local clubs.

·         Ongoing support from a network of Regional Development Officers


 In Gloucestershire these initiatives are supported by the County Development Officer, Debbie Casling, for the Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership.  For further information contact her by email at gcdo@btinternet.com or telephone her on 07968 894812


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