What is GolfMark?
- This is a national scheme, run by the EGU ( English Golf Union ), that identifies and recognises junior and beginner friendly facilities.
- Golf clubs are assessed on 3 key areas which are:
- Coaching and Playing
- Club Environment ( including sports equity & ethics )
- Child Protection & Duty of Care
- Once a golf club is awarded GolfMark, they are also recognised by Sport England as a ClubMark facility.
- As part of the GolfMark process, golf clubs complete an annual review to ensure that standards are being maintained, with a full re-assessment every 3 years.
- Shifnal Golf Club was awarded GolfMark status in February 2011
- Shifnal Golf Club has a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy ( 2013 ) which is reviewed by the Board of Directors every 3 years. A copy is available on this website.
- The Club Welfare Officer is Mike Roberts. He can be contacted on 01902-331704 or 07836-244775.
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What is Club Mark?
Sport England's Clubmark is a cross-sport accreditation for sports clubs with junior sections. Clubmark is a national standard for quality sports clubs recognised across the country. More than 30 other sports, including tennis and rugby are also using the alliance to add value to their accreditation schemes and over 10,000 sports clubs have been awarded Clubmark or are working towards achieving accreditation.
According to research conducted by the Northwest Regional Development Agency in 2004, three fifths of young people belong to a sports club outside school and it is therefore important that these sports clubs serve young people well.
The Benefits to Shifnal Golf Club
- Recognition within the local community for the clubs' commitment to junior golf.
- Promotion via the England Golf website.
- Assistance and input from a County or Regional Development Officer.
- A focused plan for the development of the junior section.
- Opportunity to review and improve policies and procedures.
- Well coached, committed and educated juniors who may become adult members of the future.
- A safer and more enjoyable environment for junior golf to flourish.
- Greater understanding about junior activities within the club by adult members.
Support & guidance from a County or Regional Development Officer through finding workshops, sharing best practice, reviewing current policies and procedures, writing child welfare documentation and much, much more.
The Benefits to Shifnal Golfers
- A structured environment in which to develop as a player and a person .
- A fun, enjoyable, welcoming environment.
- Access to appropriate levels of coaching and competition.
- To be part of a game that will teach them respect, social & life skills, discipline, honesty, integrity, motivation and much more.
- Creating a structured pathway into adult membership.
The Benefits to Parents
- Junior friendly clubs can be easily identified, assisting parents, especially those who do not play golf.
- Reassurance that the needs of children have been thoroughly considered and addressed.
- A safe and organised environment for their children.