Road To The Open (RTTO) 2023

The Road to The Open (RTTO) 2023

As part of activities surrounding The Open 2023, the Golf Foundation (GF) is developing a legacy programme, the main thrust of which is to engage young people in golf participation – particularly those who might perceive golf as elitist.

To date a number of local schools and community organisations have signed up to be involved and these include:

  • Clare Mount Specialist Sports College and many local primary schools, including 3 schools who specialise in working with children with Special Educational Needs
  • The Hive, Birkenhead
  • Claire House
  • West Kirby School and College
  • Hearts 4 Refugees
  • The Belvidere Centre, and
  • Tranmere Rovers in the Community

Former England International golfer, Kate Hughes, Director of KH2 CIC* and who has been involved in several major event legacy programmes, is helping the Golf Foundation to locally roll out this programme.

KH2 CIC working together with Community Capacity Builders CIC is looking to deliver a holistic model of golf coaching, combining skill development with physical and mental personal development. To that end, they would need qualified Golf Instructors at Level 1 to deliver this programme to schools and organisations, and this could be assisted by a new qualification – Community Golf Instructors.

Heswall Golf Club is renowned for its commitment to the development of junior golf, a tradition currently being driven by Tom and Jason. Jason is already very involved in Road To The Open projects, and is keen to be involved with a longer-term vision of making golf more widely available to all young people on Wirral as a legacy of The Open 2023.

Jason and Kate presented their vision of this legacy programme on Wednesday, May 17th, and invite members to forward any ideas you may have to enhance the programme or its onward legacy post The Open to

They also invite any member who may be interested in learning more about this programme  and how they may become involved, to send their information to the office on the email above and Kate will be in touch.

*KH2 Community Link Services CIC is a not-for-profit organisation that helps people engage in sport and physical activity  where personal social or economic circumstances may hinder participation.

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