School kids get to grips with golf

GOLF was child’s play when the sport was introduced to children at the annual Leigh Games.

TOP CLASS: St Stephen’s School pupils with PE co-ordinator Paul Puckey, left, Gareth Benson, centre, and Aaron Williams

TOP CLASS: St Stephen’s School pupils with PE co-ordinator Paul Puckey, left, Gareth Benson, centre, and Aaron Williams

And it proved so successful that some of the youngsters have already enrolled at the nearby Astley Driving Range to learn more about the game.

Its head PGA professional Gareth Benson, who is a Lancashire County coach with an impressive track record, later visited regional 10 schools and organised a Tri-Golf session for 330 pupils.

“We then arranged a competition for them at the range and the winner, St Stephen’s, qualified for the Manchester Schools’ Games final,” he said.“Many of them took to the game and I’m sure we’ll see more of them in the future.”

He is also delivering adult beginner courses as he passes on his teaching skills to all age groups.

Benson, who was helped in the venture by his PGA assistant Aaron Williams, is embracing the Lancashire County Golf Partnership Get into Golf initiative with Astley among 15 clubs and ranges which have signed up to it.

Iain Lancaster, the LCGP development officer, said: “Astley is a shining example of what Get into Golf is all about. We are confident more centres will grasp the opportunity to join our campaign and bring beginners through a successful pathway into club membership.

“Starting out in group sessions alongside other people in a similar situation is a great way of learning together and making new friends.”

Meanwhile, Benson is celebrating a triple success this week – Curtis Clarkin (Nelson), Ciaran Doherty (Bury) and his fellow Lancashire player Joe Brice from the host club finished first, second and third in the Cleveland Srixon Northern Order of Merit Hulbert Trophy at Manchester Golf Club.



Get into golf is a national campaign to inspire adults to take up the game and is run by the England Golf Partnership through its network of County Golf Partnerships, supported by Sport England and National Lottery funding.

To find your local centre and date of the next session, visit and use the activity finder. Online booking for sessions is also available on the website.




Note to editors


The England Golf Partnership (EGP) brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf, and the Professional Golfers’ Association, to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England National Lottery funding. County Golf Partnerships, involving the county men’s, women’s and professional organisations, are part of the EGP’s Whole Sport Plan for golf and an integral part of its vision to make England the world’s leading golf nation by 2020.

The EGP runs a national Get into golf campaign through its network of County Golf Partnerships. The campaign offers low-cost taster and coaching opportunities to inspire people to try the game. More details at

In Lancashire the county partnership is supported by the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs, the Lancashire Ladies’ County Golf Association, and the Professional Golfers’ Association.

You can follow Get into golf on Twitter or on Facebook at

Details on the work of the Lancashire CGP can be sourced at


For more information please contact:


Iain Lancaster

County Development Officer

Lancashire County Golf Partnership

07728 213 041


Twitter: @playgolfinlancs


David Birtill
County Partnership Press Officer
07850 539 110

01254 831844



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