Roof top golf is a big hit at Birkdale!

GOLF went through the roof at Birkdale Primary School during part of a Blue Peter nationwide scheme to widen children’s participation in sport and inspire their friends to try them out.


FULL HOUSE: The youngsters turned up in droves

FULL HOUSE: The youngsters turned up in droves

The venture was unique because when the school ran out of play space a roof system was designed to allow the pupils to operate from there.

And on the agenda was a chance to try golf thanks to Southport Golf Academy’s Richard Carpenter, a member of England Golf Sponsorship and Marketing Committee, and PGA professional Matt Chilman.

The children received chipping and putting challenges to give them a taste of the sport and the exercise ran alongside a para athlete  medallist running, and taekwondo in addition to rock climbing, netball, football and cycling.

All the pupils received Blue Peter badges along with head teacher Nick Sheeran for his work on the project.

He said:  “It is important to make children realise that there are many options open to them. Not all are natural athletes but this type of activity shows that somewhere there is a sport for them.”

Thanks to presenter Barney Harwood and the Blue Peter team all the activities will be shown on CBBC to hopefully inspire other schools all over the country.

The school has already asked Southport Golf Academy to provide further sessions to show children the benefits of the sport and provide a pathway to take up the game. This is likely to be a project involving other schools in the area, too.

Bev Dodd, the Lancashire County Golf Partnership development officer, said: “We welcome this project to get more youngsters into the sport.

We are committed to delivering a number of initiatives designed to attract more people into the game and encourage existing golfers to play more regularly.”

She is familiar with grassroots golf, having helped to set up and deliver a number of junior academies at Rossendale Golf Club which has seen junior membership grow into a thriving section.


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:


Bev Dodd

County Development Officer

Lancashire County Golf Partnership


Twitter: @playgolfinlancs


David Birtill
County Partnership Press Officer
07850 539 110

01254 831844




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