Box of Tricks a proven winner in clubs
The Golf Foundation’s Box of Tricks, which offers 50-plus great ideas to clubs to help their juniors to enjoy their golf, is proving to play a valuable role in growing the game. Distribution of the ‘Box’ has now reached more than 400 clubs, with 190 clubs receiving the resource in the last 18 months. The total number of juniors in each Box-using club has risen, on average by 35%, as a result of improved retention (low drop-out rates) while more youngsters arrive at the club thanks to the link with the Golf Foundation.
One of this charity’s values is to make golf fun and another is to always be innovative and this certainly comes across in the collection of proven positive ideas for golf club junior sections contained in the Box of Tricks. Every suggestion has come from a successful project or golf club, tested by PGA pros and junior organisers to help welcome and keep youngsters keen on their golf.
The Box of Tricks comes with a training workshop that focuses on junior retention in four areas of the club concerning: Skill, Play, Social, and Marketing.
In Scotland, after training from the Foundation, Scottish Golf then held 13 training workshops, welcoming more than 200 delegates from 137 golf clubs, from as far north as the Highlands and Islands, to down south in the Borders.
Seacroft GC Boxing clever
Seacroft Golf Club in Lincolnshire has a great junior organiser and with the Golf Foundation’s Box of Tricks up his sleeve, the club is working wonders to create new junior players.
Nigel Roylance has used the Box for the last year and is seeing great retention benefits. The club joined the GolfSixes League and offers its youngsters: quiz nights; a loyalty golf scheme; volunteering opportunities; Dice Golf and regular short course competitions. Nigel has seen six of the youngsters achieve their first handicaps in the year and lots more is planned in family golf, adding a junior section to the club’s website, extending the noticeboard for juniors, and building a swing studio.
Tricks to beat the weather in Durham
The county of Durham recently endured days of heavy rain but this did not deter Phil Maitland, the PGA Pro at Cocken Lodge Golf Club. This Golf Foundation HSBC Golf Roots Centre and Box of Tricks user seeks to inspire its youngsters whatever the weather.
Lots of games can be played on the club’s golf simulator in the warm indoors and Phil finds that his youngsters respond well to the challenges he sets them, in fun games, learning together as a group.
“When it’s raining we keep working hard in the academy,” said Phil. “It’s also important to remember golf should be fun. These playing challenges help to sharpen their focus on shotmaking while playing a fun game together.”
Ian Harvey, Foundation RDO, said: “When lots of sessions outdoors are being cancelled due to rain, it’s really good to see the juniors enjoying themselves while practically learning at the same time with a great coach.”