Grand day out as schoolkids meet Open stars

EMPOWERING Youth Foundation  took 11 girls who participate in its Golf and Life Skills Programme on a day trip to the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale.

STAR TURN: Charley Hull takes a break from pre-tournament interviews to meet the girls

STAR TURN: Charley Hull takes a break from  interviews to meet the girls

The pupils, all from Albert’s school in Knowsley, enjoyed a tour of BBC Studios and met professional golfers Charely Hull and Paula Creamer during their visit.

The BBC studios tour was arranged by BBC Commentator and friend of EYF, Maureen Madill, and gave an inside view on how golf championships are brought to life on TV.

Ken Brown, a fellow commentator and friend of EYF, also joined the children during the tour. They then proceeded to the media centre, where they were shown the press conference and interview area. Upon exiting the BBC studios, golfers Charlie Hull and Paula Creamer took a brief break from pre-tournament interviews to meet the girls outside.

Both players signed sports memorabilia and spent some time chatting with the group, which was a special moment enjoyed by all the young girls.

EYF arranged the day out as part of its ongoing work in the area to provide life skills to children living in challenging circumstances, who wouldn’t otherwise have a pathway into the sport due to socio-economic barriers.

The 11 girls were chosen from hundreds of other young children across the North West currently participating in EYF’s Golf and Life Skills programme. The programmes deliver golf and life skills which are based on nine core values inherent in the game; including honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.

Molly Whelan,  EYF charity development manager at EYF, said: “The children had an amazing experience and learnt that there is a lot more to golf than just playing. It is great to be able to give local youth an opportunity to experience something they may never have had the chance to do otherwise, and that’s exactly what our programme is all about.”



RBS NatWest is a leading partner of EYF. The partnership forms part of RBS NatWest’s commitment to encouraging local initiatives, supporting employees’ charitable efforts, and ensuring a positive social impact is being made in the communities in which they operate.


For more information about EYF contact Molly Whelan on 07591976207 or visit


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