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Sessions run alongside head of PE James Crawley and most of the groups had not picked up a golf club before


By Pete Woodhouse


March Golf Club went back to school on Thursday (May 2) in partnership with the nearby Neale-Wade Academy by holding four golfing sessions during the day of 45-minute to hour-long with groups of 20-plus 12-14 year-olds.

Local Professional Alex Oldham, who has been based at March Golf Club for nearly 15 years, ran these sessions alongside head of PE James Crawley.

The sessions introduced to the teenagers various stages of learning about the game and how to play. Bearing in mind most of the groups had not picked up a golf club before.

Neale Wade golf March GC 5.19. (9745091)
Neale Wade golf March GC 5.19. (9745091)

The following steps are a great way of starting to learn about the game.

• Step 1: Master A Great Setup Position – Grip;

• Step 2: Ingrain The Checkpoints Of A Great Swing – Stance;

• Step 3: Develop A Great Short Game – Chipping;

• Step 4: Practice With Purpose.

All these and more were covered in the sessions and those that want to take the game further were given information about March Golf Club and further sessions on Thursdays after school at March Golf Club starting this week. For details of these sessions please contact Alex on 01354 652364. Check out their website for more information http://www.marchgolfclub.co.uk/

March Golf Club will be continuing to plan more initiatives and opportunities for more of the community to try out this sport for a lifetime.

MGC said: "Who knows, you may be the next Tiger Woods!

"Alex’s skills have been a great asset with the Junior Academy recently launched and run at the golf club. This is aimed at younger golfers and many of our academy members have improved their games enough to start progressing onto the course itself."

Chairman of March Golf Club Baz Smith said: "Our sport is suffering at grass roots level and competition from other curriculum sports and electronic based games. The obvious way of addressing this plight was to get this initiative in place. My thanks go out to all involved.

Head of PE at Neale-Wade James Crawley added: "I am really pleased that Neale-Wade and March GC are able to work so closely together. The taster day has given the students the chance to experience golf with a professional, and has hopefully got some of them thinking about doing the lessons we are running. It would be great if over the next few years we can get more of our students playing each week at the club."



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