1 Cheshire President David Durling with the framed certificate, 2 The SafeGolf certificate
The Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs, which is backing the drive to grow the game, has achieved the SafeGolf accreditation from England Golf.
The CUGC President David Durling (Shrigley Hall) said: “The Union is celebrating 100 years of existence and today serves 93 golf clubs throughout the County organising matches and tournaments for elite players, together with coaching sessions.
“In addition the County organises Life Members Days for those who love their golf but could not aspire to play for the County teams.
The award was presented by Jeremy Tomlinson England Golf Chief Executive, who said: “I’m delighted that the CUGC has achieved SafeGolf and that its efforts to grow the game and safeguard its participants 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 partnership consists of members from the golfing bodies across Great Britain and 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 coach, volunteer, organiser, parent or 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 and counties to ensure everyone provides 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 coaches find an accredited coach on www.safegolf.org..
Photos & copy courtesy Geoff Garnett