Golf News for Wednesday, May 18, 2005 | Instruction

Faldo lends support to free golf coaching campaign

The 2005 Free Golf Coaching for beginners campaign, organized by the English Golf Union (EGU) and English Ladies' Golf Association (ELGA) has got off to a great start, with over 150 golf clubs across England already offering free taster sessions to beginners of any age.

The EGU and ELGA are delighted with this early success and estimate that at least 300 clubs will have signed up before the end of the season. It is not only the governing bodies that welcome this positive activity at grass roots level as the Faldo Series has also offered its support to the campaign.

The Faldo Series was set up in 1996 to help nurture the next generation of champion golfers. Through the Series, boys and girls are able to experience top-level competition at Championship Courses and also benefit through golf related seminars.

Commenting on the EGU and ELGA initiative, Nick Faldo said: "This new initiative is an excellent way of encouraging more people to get involved with the sport. Getting beginners interested in golf is so important for the game and I'm keen to do whatever I can to support that growth."

Richard Flint, EGU Golf Development Manager added, "We are thrilled that the Faldo Series is supporting this grass roots programme and it is vital that we continue to work with other bodies and organisations to develop the game".

Dates and details of participating venues are available through the recently launched 'Get into Golf' website, or the main EGU website,

Any golf clubs wishing to hold taster sessions and benefit through increased awareness, lesson sales and membership can find out further information and sign up via the EGU's website Free Golf Coaching is an integral part of the EGU and ELGA's 'Get into Golf' structure.

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