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Cleobury earn national award
9:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in Sportsview
ONE OF the region’s newest clubs is putting family at the heart of its drive for success — on and off the course.
Cleobury Mortimer celebrated its 20th anniversary this summer after being established by brothers Graham and Robert Pain in 1993 by earning the GolfMark Award.
GolfMark is a national seal of approval for junior and beginner friendly facilities which play an important role in the development of the game, after a successful submission led by head PGA professional Robert Watkins and junior organiser Richard Chandler.
The club — which can be found on the border of Worcestershire and Shropshire alongside the Wyre Forest — has introduced a wide range of schemes for would-be golfers of all ages and abilities.
The thriving junior section, which has helped develop players like 21-year-old Josh Carpenter, who has won the Worcestershire amateur championship for the past two years – offers all year-round coaching.
Head professional Robert Watkins, along with junior organiser Chandler, spearheaded the club’s GolfMark initiative, which has seen the club working in local schools at both primary and secondary level as well as encouraging local community groups, such as scouts, to give golf a go.
The club also has a link with the neighbouring Pioneer Centre, which works with inner city children to offer them a range of activities in the countryside, while they supported this year’s Midlands Golf Week, which offered taster sessions and discounted coaching to would-be golfers of all ages.
Marketing manager David Pain said: “The juniors are the future of the game – and potential club members for a long time – while we also want the mums and dads to come along and get involved, use the course or facilities.
“GolfMark means that any parent bringing their child to Cleobury Mortimer knows we have the right duty of care policies in place and that it is a safe place.”
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