Pupils tee-off in scheme

The young Mintlaw golfers who are learning under the new scheme.
The young Mintlaw golfers who are learning under the new scheme.

A year before the Ryder Cup comes to Scotland, pupils from the Mintlaw area have been learning to play golf thanks to help from local golf-loving volunteers.

Members of Longside Golf Cub have been working with the Active Schools team to deliver the First Club Golf scheme to more than 100 primary five pupils. The scheme introduces youngsters to golf through fun games and practice activities, promoting participation and achievable goals.

Around a third of pupils, who took part in First Club Golf during curricular time, have moved on to the after-school ClubGolf sessions at Longside Golf Club to continue developing their skills, with a view to potentially becoming club members in the future.

Active Schools coordinator, Robbie Kupris, said: “With the Ryder Cup coming to Scotland in 2014, this is a very exciting time for golf.

“A huge thank you must go to all of the volunteers from Longside Golf Club for dedicating their time to ensure golf is as accessible as possible to the children within the Mintlaw Network.”

For information on upcoming events and training courses, visit the Mintlaw Network page on line.