Golf is right up your street

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JUST days before the  Open Championship and almost a chip and a putt from Royal Birkdale, the Golf Foundation is hosting its own National StreetGolf Championship Final.

Young fans normally cheering on Rooney or Rashford will be following Rory and Rose as new young players from community golf programmes across 11 Premier League and Championship football clubs tee it up in a unique golf event which draws on the power of football.

Teenagers from diverse backgrounds and traditionally non-golfing families and communities will be wearing their favourite teams’ football kits to compete for the coveted title of National StreetGolf Champions. Most of the players will have only recently encountered a golf course for the first time as they meet for the final at Formby Hall on Monday.

Following this experience the young players will be invited along to Royal Birkdale by the R&A to soak up the atmosphere of the first practice day at the Open, comparing their own new swings with those of the world’s finest.

Thanks to a partnership with the Premier League and Sport England, the Golf Foundation, the sport’s leading charity for young people, has developed StreetGolf as an exciting new initiative for teenagers which introduces them to golf in their own community before providing the opportunity to play at the local golf club with help from the resident and junior-friendly PGA professional coach.

Teams present for the final on Formby Hall’s par-3 course will be from regional football club projects including: Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, Southampton, Stoke City, and a team from Mid Wales.


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