Fore! Golf training tees off for Cromer Academy students

Cromer Academy has issued a reminder of its uniform policy. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Cromer Academy has issued a reminder of its uniform policy. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The next generation of players are coming to the fore at one of the country's top golf clubs. Cromer Royal Golf Club has teamed up with Cromer Academy to offer pupils an introduction to the sport.

Launch of Royal Cromer Golf Club scholarship. Club professional Lee Patterson and club captain Jayne

Launch of Royal Cromer Golf Club scholarship. Club professional Lee Patterson and club captain Jayne Jones with Cromer Academy students, left to right, Daniel Byrne, Sian Clarke, McKenzie Sturgeon, Freya Haughan-Davies, Emilia Badowska and Hayden Watson.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

The group were getting into the swing of things out on the course this week under the expert guidance of club professional Lee Patterson.

Coaching sessions are being provided to pupils in a bid to encourage more young people to take up the game.

It is hoped the 12-week programme, which launches next year, may even discover a star of the future. A scholarship will be awarded to the most promising player, providing a year's free membership to the club - which is rated amongst the top 100 courses in the UK.

Mr Patterson said: 'We want to attract more younger players to the club. I have got two children at the high school and knowing what positive position they are in thought it was the perfect time to build this relationship. Golf is a technical sport, but you don't need to have natural talent at ball games to succeed, hard work can pay off.'


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Club captain Jayne Jones added: 'Golf can be seen as a closed shop and elitist and we want to dispel that myth.

'It is great to welcome the students here and we are really looking forward to seeing them out on the greens.'

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Golfing sessions will be offered as part of Cromer Academy's enrichment programme which includes a range of sports and arts activities.

Principal Geoff Baker said there had been a 'fantastic response' from students wanting to play golf.

Dr Baker added: 'This is a great opportunity to introduce students to a sport they may not have thought about doing before. It is our duty to discover what amazing talents each student has. An opportunity like this could change their lives providing a future career or lifelong hobby. '

Eleven-year-old Emilia Badowska was amongst the pupils teeing off at the 18-hole course, which boasts spectacular views over the north Norfolk coast.

She said: 'The course is very cool and very big. I think golf will be fun, I have played once before with my family and managed to beat my dad. I am hoping to gain team skills and new sports skills.'

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