From Satellite Clubs to Scholarships: Inspirational Journey

Thursday, 7 Sep 2017

Golf

Congratulations to Liam Fuller, aged 16 and Sebastian Kini, aged 11 who have received scholarships from the Feel Inspired Golf Academy at Sand Martins Golf Club, Finchampstead Road, Wokingham. 

Both boys received their awards from Mr Andrew Hall, General Manager, Symon O’Keefe, senior PGA professional and Mr Alan Leason, Manager/Coordinator of the BBO Feel Inspired Academy programme, at a special ceremony on Wednesday 23rd August.  

From left to right: Alan Leason, Sebastian Kini (Scholar), Andrew Hall, Liam Fuller (Scholar), Symon OKeefe 

Having joined the Academy over a year ago, following school ‘golf taster’ days which were funded through Get Berkshire Active's Satellite Club programme, both boys join 10 other young learner golfers every Saturday morning. They will receive affordable golf coaching tailored for the group from Mr O'Keefe. The programme offers coaching specifically for children aged 11-18 who have visual or hearing impairments or physical or learning disabilities. 

The programme is an initiative of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Golf Partnership and offered by specific clubs within these counties, it is supported by both the Golf Foundation and England Golf. Most importantly, it encourages young people like Liam and Seb to take up and enjoy the game of golf and its benefits as a lifetime sport. Showing commitment and enthusiasm, both boys, alongside their fellow group golfers, are developing their short and long game golf skills, course safety and etiquette, as well as life skills such as group participation and good sportsmanship. 

This award gives them complimentary  Junior membership of Sandmartins Golf Club and practice facilities, opportunity for a mentor and supported integration into the Junior programme and its competitions. Both boys say they enjoy their lessons very much, as Liam said “they are fun and I learn a lot”.

To find out more about the Satellite Clubs programme please contact james.craggs@getberkshireactive.org. 


Source: Sand Martins Golf Club Feel Inspired Academy