Norwood Park Golf Centre in Nottinghamshire hits the mark with national golf accreditation for safeguarding from England Golf

The highly regarded Award Winning Golf Club has just received the ‘SafeGolf’, demonstrating the clubs commitment to safeguarding children and young people, as well as adults in risk in the sport of golf.

Norwood Park Golf already has an extensive history of supporting both County & National initiatives including:

  • ‘Get into Golf’ ongoing sessions for Adult Beginners
  • ‘Pink Ladies’ Coaching Groups
  • ‘Girls Golf Rocks’ Coaching both at the Centre and with outreach work in schools
  • Adult Improvers Courses
  • Many Disability projects over the years which highlight their true commitment to ‘Growing the Game for all’
  • Membership uptake through their pathway and retention continues to very strong

Paul Thornton, General Manager who led the club’s push to SafeGolf, said: “Norwood is a great club, it’s very friendly, welcoming and forward-thinking. This award helps us to spread that message and to tell people that children are safe and secure here and that we understand about beginner golfers. Our Staff have undergone extensive safeguarding training and our Volunteers are well supported. PGA Senior Coach Richard Strange & Golf Development Officer Jackie Macey have been instrumental in achieving SafeGolf

Emily Rowbottom England Golf’s Regional Club Support Officer presented the award virtually “I’m delighted that Norwood Park Golf has achieved SafeGolf and that its efforts to grow the game can be nationally recognised.”

The SafeGolf is a partnership of UK golf bodies committed to promoting a safe and positive environment for all those participating, working and volunteering in the sport of golf.

The SafeGolf partnership consists of members from the golfing bodies across Great Britain & Ireland and has been established to help golf respond to the issue of child protection in sport. Its mission is to safeguard the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk, in the sport of golf.

SafeGolf the website – www.safegolf.org – through which anyone with a concern about the welfare of a player, or the behaviour or practice of a coach, volunteer, organiser, parent or a player, can contact the lead safeguarding officer at their national governing body.

SafeGolf is the safeguarding standard England Golf will promote to all their affiliated clubs to ensure all clubs provide a safe and positive experience to children and young people whilst playing golf. The PGA are also using the standards to apply to all their PGA professional Coaches.