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Kent Golf Union hits the mark with national golf accreditation for safeguarding
Kent Golf Union has just achieved SafeGolf, demonstrating the county’s commitment to safeguarding children and young people, as well as adults at risk in the sport of golf.
Kent Golf Union was created to promote, administer and encourage the development of and participation in amateur golf in Kent. Kent Golf Union exists to provide assistance to all clubs throughout Kent in the management of the game and to act as the ruling authority on golf within the county. As part of this, they arrange championships, trophy events, matches and competitions across a whole range of ages and abilities. Kent Golf Union seeks to provide coaching and the development of players from junior to senior golfer’s with team’s representing the County from junior to elite amateur level.
Sarah McDonald, County Secretary, who led the county’s push to SafeGolf, said: “Kent is a very friendly, welcoming and forward-thinking county. This award helps us to spread that message and to tell people that children are safe and secure when taking part in our events, attending our player development and junior academy sessions and that we also understand about beginner golfers.”
The award was presented to the Kent Golf Union by Victoria Crosbie-Crowley, England Golf’s SouthEast and South Partnership Manager. “I’m delighted that the Kent Golf Union 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 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 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.
Find an accredited coach – www.safegolf.org
A full list of clubs and facilities that that uphold the standards of SafeGolf can be found here – www.safegolf.org
For more information please contact:
Sarah McDonald, County Secretary - Kent Golf Union - firstname.lastname@example.org