Haydock Park Golf Club hits the mark with national golf accreditation for safeguarding

Haydock Park Golf Club in the North West of England, which is backing the drive to grow the game, has achieved the SafeGolf club accreditation from England Golf.

Haydock Park Golf Club, a picturesque parkland golf course located near its famous racecourse namesake has just received SafeGolf accreditation, demonstrating the clubs commitment to safeguarding children and young people, as well as adults at risk in the sport of golf.

The club’s vision is to become the Beacon club in the region and improve every area of the club to enhance our members and guests experience whilst future proofing the club for years to come

Stephen Nicholson Business Manager and Ian Latto Director for Membership and Marketing, led the club’s push to SafeGolf, said: “Haydock Park is a fabulous club, with great potential. We realise the benefits to being involved in these initiatives and this award, along with our recent commitment to the “Women in golf charter” helps us to spread that message and to tell people that we are open and looking to encourage participation in our sport at all levels. It also confirms that children are safe and secure here and that we understand about beginner golfers.”

The award was presented to Haydock Park Golf Club by Adam McAlister, England Golf’s Club Support Officer. “I’m delighted that Haydock Park Golf Club has achieved SafeGolf Accreditation and that its efforts to grow the game can be nationally recognised.”

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

Coming Soon – a full list of clubs and facilities that that uphold the standards of SafeGolf will be housed here – www.safegolf.org

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