Shropshire and Herefordshire Union of Golf Clubs (SHUGC) and Shropshire Ladies' County Golf Association (SLCGA) have hit the mark with national golf accreditation for safeguarding.
SHUGC and SLCGA are backing the drive to grow the game and have achieved the SafeGolf accreditation from England Golf demonstrating their commitment to safeguarding children and young people as well as adults at risk in the sport of golf.
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.
SHUGC and SLCGA administer county golf for 31 clubs who are active within their community.
All 31 golf clubs in the county are now aiming to achieve their own individual SafeGolf accreditation by the end of 2020.
County Junior Organisers Charles Sievewright and Viv Davies have expressed their delight in the achievement of SafeGolf accreditation.
They said that safety for all golfers has always been paramount within the counties. It is important for parents and carers to know that their children, and vulnerable adults, are in good hands when out on the golf course, in clubhouses, and when being coached by the county golf professionals, all of whom have the relevant safety qualifications.
The award was presented by Mark Romasiuk, England Golf’s County Club Support Officer. “I’m delighted that SHUGC and SLCGA have achieved SafeGolf and that their efforts to grow the game and safeguard its participants can be nationally recognised.
“Being one of the first counties in the country to achieve this award is great news for the game locally. I’m looking forward to continuing the excellent work the counties have started and ensuring clubs are able to meet the SafeGolf standard”.
SafeGolf is firstly a 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.
Secondly, it is the safeguarding standard England Golf will promote to all their affiliated clubs and counties to ensure everyone provides 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.
To find out more about SafeGolf go to – www.safegolf.org or www.englandgolf.org/article/be-a-safegolf-club/