Johanna Goode, headteacher of Grasmere Primary School in the Lake District, has confirmed that golf will now feature within the school curriculum for the next four years. The progressive move is a direct result of Windermere Golf Club’s recent and continuing involvement in introducing Grasmere School pupils to the game. Club chairman, Cliff Heath, has been coaching year three and four children every week since November last year, many of whom had never before had the opportunity to sample the sport.
Windermere GC has put significant efforts into developing the ‘junior drive’ over the past twelve months, with a considerable number of initiatives put in place to encourage local youngsters to try golf. In addition to coaching pupils at Grasmere School, Heath has also been aiding the youngsters at Hawkshead Primary School, all of whom have been equally receptive to the enjoyment of the game.
Commenting he said, “I am absolutely delighted that Grasmere School have chosen to continue and develop their golf learning and it’s been a pleasure to watch their improvements over the past six months. 2015 is going to be a big year for Windermere golf club in terms of encouraging our local youngsters into the sport. This is by no means the end of our involvement, but merely the beginning of what we hope will be a long and lasting relationship, not just with Grasmere but with all the schools we are working with.
“The next step will see us provide opportunities for the teaching staff to deliver lesson plans, with less direct involvement from us, but support when required. We very much look forward to welcoming the children into our club when the time comes.”
Johanna Goode stated, “We are so grateful to Cliff for giving up his free time to provide the children with his expertise and guidance. The children have thoroughly enjoyed their golf experience and we are looking forward to taking them onto the next stage of their development. Golf is a fantastic sport on so many levels. In particular, the children have learned how to compete on their own, whilst also working with one another.”