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Tameside College Launches New Golf Academy
Tuesday 12th April 2016 @ 13:09 by Mark Phillip

Article by Tameside College:

Tameside College, in partnership with Dukinfield Golf Club, is launching a golf academy which will open in September 2016.

The academy will help school leavers develop skills and qualifications for a career in the sports industry by giving trainees a professional environment to develop their golf skills and learn different aspects of a sports business. Graduates from the Golf Academy will qualify with a BTEC qualification in sport leading to university and employment.

Jackie Moores, Principal of Tameside College, said: “The Golf Academy offers school leavers a unique opportunity to develop their sporting interests into a career. Tameside College is working with Dukinfield Golf Club to provide the foundations of a successful career in the sports and leisure sector. We have a shared vision of developing a wider range of skills, alongside golf, to help students fulfil their career aspirations from coaching to business managers.”

Dukinfield Golf Club was awarded GolfMark status in 2013 for its child and beginner friendly approach to developing the sport. GolfMark is a national scheme that recognises initiatives that focus on coaching and playing, club environment and child protection. The club already has a proud record of former junior members who enjoy a career in the sport. Its alumni include juniors who have entered the professional golf ranks or have become administrators in the sport.

The golf programmes will be directed by David Green, who is the club’s Professional Golf Association qualified golfer, who will assess and develop the individual playing style of every golfer during their time at the academy.

Martin O’Keefe, Dukinfield Golf Club spokesperson, said: “David is a first class golf coach who has a lot of experience in professional golf. His knowledge of coaching players of all ages and abilities is reflected in his understanding of the individual learning needs of players. David will respect, encourage and discipline students as well as teach the technical skills of the sport. We are fortunate to have a coach of his calibre to care for the first intake of golf academy students.”

Dukinfield Golf Club Golf Academy opens its doors to visitors on Thursday 28 April 2016 from 5pm. Junior visitors can sign up as free junior members on the evening, with a £25 cost to cover insurance.