Skratch Golf comes to Honiton
PUBLISHED: 14:26 09 April 2013
Families living in the Honiton area will be among the first to experience a brand-new national scheme, which will see children as young as two learning golfing skills.
Skratch Golf has been created by a group of award-winning golf coaches, to encourage parents of two to six-year-olds to involve their children in the sport, which gains Olympic status in 2016.
Parents will be actively involved with their children in the six-week course of 30-minute sessions, starting at the Honiton Leisure Centre on Sunday, April 21.
“Skratch will help very young children to develop Movement, Life and Play skills” says Director of Skratch Golf Sam Stephens, who has coached thousands of children across the South West over the last eight years.
He continued: “We can guarantee fun and plenty of involvement for Mums and Dads, as well as for the children. We’re not trying to turn toddlers into expert golfers; it’s more about making golf part of growing up. But maybe Skratch will uncover some stars of the future – that would be wonderful!”
The Golf Foundation, the national charity committed to the social and sporting development of young people through golf, is backing the new scheme. Skratch Golf uses an adapted version of Tri-Golf equipment, approved by The Golf Foundation to make golf easier for young children.
“In terms of a very young child¹s first striking activity, golf is perfect as everything stays still, unlike other sports where the ball and player are moving,” said Golf Foundation Chief Executive Mike Round. “Through Skratch Golf, very young children will have the opportunity to develop basic striking skills that will help them not only when they play golf, but also when they play other sports.”
Gavin Grenville-Wood, one of the PGA-qualified professional golf coaches who founded Skratch Golf, won the Golf Foundation Mackenzie Award in 2010, for promoting ‘skills for life’ while coaching children. He says: “We’ve created a cartoon character, called Skratch, who will be an inspirational little buddy for the children and parents who come along. There will be nothing intimidating about Skratch Golf: for example, our sessions take place in leisure centres, not golf clubs. We’ll have music playing, and the games we play will be as much about coordination, balance and locomotive skills, as they are about golf and ball skills.”
Skratch Golf is a nationally-recognised, parent-participated golf play programme for children between 2-6 years old – developing a child’s Movement, Life and Golf skills. 6-week programmes take place during term time, with groups of children in two age groups: 2 to 4 and 4 to 6. Sessions, which take place at leisure facilities and community centres, are delivered indoors, and last for 30 minutes. Parents are encouraged to get involved.
The sessions are delivered by Qualified Skratch Golf Coaches, who all possess full child protection and safeguarding qualifications.