Royal invitation for Cheshire youngsters

CHESHIRE club Vale Royal Abbey is holding an  open day to encourage more young players into the game.

Ben Derbyshire, the new head professional at the club near near Northwich, is launching a new junior golf academy with a free open day on Saturday, March 4.thumbnail_Vale Royal Abbey GC.jpg

It will be run from 10am–2pm and is a chance for budding junior golfers to meet Derbyshire and his team, have some fun, enjoy free golf tuition, free refreshments and learn about what the club has to offer young golfers.

Derbyshire will be holding a Junior golf education seminar for parents to learn about the academy and how the children will be coached.

The open day will be followed by eight-week blocks of seven lessons and a competition week. The programme will start in mid-March, with sessions being organised for three different age groups – 4-7 years, 8-12 years and 13 years plus.

Derbyshire said: “Both myself and my assistant golf professional, Brian Cassidy, are extremely excited to be starting this new academy at.

“In our previous role at West Middlesex Golf Club we built a junior academy with more than 60 attending on a weekly basis. In addition to the standard programme, we ran weekly on-course playing lessons, fitness camps and psychology sessions for the children.

“The junior section became a thriving part of the club, bringing youth and energy as part of the club’s life – and our goal is to do exactly the same at Vale Royal Abbey.”

Alison Lysons, Cheshire County Development Officer for England Golf, said: “Ben arrived at Vale Royal Abbey towards the end of last year with a passion for teaching people the game of golf and he has a great deal of experience coaching all ages and abilities. It’s great to see the plans he has put into place to encourage more young people to take up the game in 2017 and I’m sure the academy will be a great success.”

For further information contact Derbyshire on 01606 30129
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Get into golf is a national campaign, run by England Golf through its county network, to inspire new golfers. Opportunities include beginner and follow- on courses with PGA professionals.

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