EnglandGolf - GolfMark Award
The very recent award of GolfMark on 5 May 2015 to Penrith Golf Club is another significant milestone in the history of our proud club. Penrith have become the first club in the County to receive this recognition from England Golf under their new revised arrangements for this award.
It is also very timely that this has come as the club celebrates its 125th anniversary.
The comprehensive application process commenced at the start of the year and has involved considerable effort by a number of people from all sections of the club to gather the evidence and documentation to satisfy England Golf that the club is performing strongly in the following areas;
- Attracting new members and encouraging existing members to play more
- Using practical business planning to develop and strengthen the club
- Offering coaching and playing opportunities for all golfers
- Ensuring all safeguarding procedures are in place
The overall GolfMark programme has a very strong focus on ongoing improvement to assist clubs to develop and progress. Golf clubs are asked to meet a number of “essential requirements” in the four areas as well as a number of “high performing areas”. Penrith met both sets of criteria and are seen as a progressive and forward thinking club.
The GolfMark award also integrates Sport England’s Club Mark award – a national standard for quality sports clubs across the country so the club in effect receives two awards.
The work of staff at the club together with the many volunteers who give up their own time either in committee work or other voluntary roles has played a significant part in this success and tribute should also be paid to the outstanding work on the course.
GolfMark brings number of benefits to clubs including raising awareness, access to funding, business and marketing support and training opportunities for staff and volunteers.
The GolfMark and ClubMark awards were presented to the club on Thursday 28th May 2015 by Jason Budd, Regional Manager, England Golf and Becky Underwood, Development Officer for Active Cumbria who worked closely with the club during the application process. Both said “We are delighted that Penrith Golf Club has achieved GolfMark and that its efforts to grow the game can be nationally recognised”.
The award runs until 2018 but the club still has to meet some development areas and for the first year this will be aimed at developing a recruitment plan that will lead to more people coming to the club to take up the game of golf. This involves several aspects including “Get into Golf” coaching opportunities and continuing the very good work with the junior section.
The club can now look forward with great optimism for the future but the hard work does not stop. It is imperative that the efforts currently being made to strengthen the club are sustained and we do justice to those members who have seen the club through its first 125 years!!
Visit the GolfMark website for more information.
Phil Park, MBE