Young golfers encouraged to get into the swing of it

Budding young golfers from Milngavie and Bearsden are being encouraged to take up golf as part of a government backed scheme which gives youngsters a £20 voucher towards club membership.

The ClubGolf scheme has received the backing of European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley (pictures) and First Minister Alex Salmond.

Funded by the Scottish Government, the scheme – which returns for a second year - offers youngsters involved in ClubGolf coaching a money-saving voucher. This can be redeemed at ClubGolf clubs against the cost of the child’s first membership.

McGinley, who played alongside a group of former ClubGolfers during the recent Ryder Cup ‘Year to Go’ celebrations at Gleneagles, said: “Becoming a member of a golf club offers children so many things; not least the chance to play this great game and have fun out on the golf course, but also the opportunity to learn the etiquette and manners, which sets our sport apart from so many others.”

In 2013, more than half of all first-time junior members joined a club after taking part in ClubGolf coaching, representing an important milestone for the programme.

First Minister Alex Salmond, one of the strongest supporters of ClubGolf added: “Scotland is the home of golf – we want to ensure this sport has a bright future, which means generating and sustaining an interest in golf from an early age.

“Clubs help keep this great game alive and we therefore have a duty to offer access to as many youngsters as we possibly can. I am delighted to support this superb offer for children who are involved in ClubGolf, giving them the chance to take up a discount on their first junior golf club membership.”

Parents can download a voucher for their child by completing the application form on the ClubGolf website www.clubgolfscotland.com/20offer.

To find your nearest ClubGolf club, visit www.clubgolfscotland.com/clubfinder, email admin@clubgolfscotland.com or telephone ClubGolf directly on 01334 466493.