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Letchworth golf club are third club in Hertfordshire to receive national golf accreditation for safeguarding

Pictured from Left: Esther Strous (Herts CDO), Tony Pohlman (Club Welfare Officer), Marc Smith (EG CSO) and Kevin Whitehouse (GM)  

Letchworth golf club in the Hertfordshire County, which is backing the drive to grow the game, has achieved the SafeGolf club accreditation from England Golf.

Letchworth golf club has an attractive eighteen hole Parkland style course designed by Harry Vardon and James Braid. In combination with a modern designed multi shot range, a topographically contoured par three course built to USGA standards, complemented by dedicated chipping/putting greens and a state of the arts swing studio. The club has just been awarded the SafeGolf accreditation, demonstrating the clubs commitment to safeguarding children and young people, as well as adults at risk in the sport of golf.

The clubs Board of Directors recognised a trend in the decline in membership and set about combating this issue by enhancing its facilities to attract new members and retain existing members. The most recent initiatives being the complete refurbishment of the club house to create a more inviting environment for the members, visiting societies and members of the public. In January of this year the club completed the construction of a swing studio which the professional coaching team have commissioned and brought on line.

Past club captain, junior convenor and current CWO Tony Pohlman stated that he has always been a keen advocator of GolfMark; on the grounds that  parents have the assurance that their children are in a safe and secure environment. However Letchworth golf club like a lot of other golf clubs considered that the attainment of GolfMark was an administrative burden. On discovering England Golf’s SafeGolf accreditation, with the support of the club’s General Manager, Kevin Whitehouse and members of the junior committee, the club’s Board of Directors was approached for the adoption of the accreditation and they duly gave they approval. "This award helps us to spread the message and tell people that children are safe and secure here and we understand about being a beginner golfer."

The award was presented to Letchworth golf club by Marc Smith, England Golf’s Midlands East Club Support Officer. “I’m delighted that Letchworth golf club has achieved SafeGolf and that its efforts to grow the game can be nationally recognised.”

The SafeGolf is a partnership of UK golf bodies committed to promoting a safe and positive environment for all those participating, working and volunteering in the sport of golf.

The SafeGolf partnership consists of members from golfing bodies across Great Britain  and Ireland and has been established to help golf respond to the issue of child protection in sport.

Its mission is to  the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk, in the sport of golf.

SafeGolf is firstly, a website – www.safegolf.org  - through which anyone with a concern about the welfare of a player, can contact the lead safeguarding officer at their national governing body.

Secondly, it is the safeguarding standard England Golf will promote to all their affiliated clubs to ensure all clubs provide a safe and positive experience to children and young people whilst playing golf. The PGA is also using the standards to apply to all PGA professional Coaches.

Find an accredited coach – www.safegolf.org

Coming soon – a full list of clubs and facilities that uphold the standards of SafeGolf will be housed here – www.safegolf.org

For more information please contact

Marc Smith

Midlands East Club Support Officer

Email: marc.smith@englandgolf.org

Esther Strous

Hertfordshire Development Officer

Email: cdo@hertfordshiregolf.org


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