A COVENTRY golf club is encouraging children to practise their swing after joining an international scheme which aims to boost extracurricular learning.
Wolston based Brandon Wood Golf Course has been recognised as a key learning destination by Children’s University – a scheme which awards children aged five to 14 for participating in learning activities outside of the school day.
Children taking part in the scheme are given a ‘Passport to Learning’ which encourages them to earn credits by learning new skills across the country.
Brandon Wood is the first golf club in Coventry and Warwickshire to join the network of 90 Children’s University recognised destinations – giving school children in the area more access to a range of golfing activities.
Children will be able to attend parent and child sessions on Friday evenings, as well as Saturday sessions and junior golf camp during half term holidays.
Lewis Baker, PGA golf professional at Brandon Wood Golf Course and Club, said that the Children’s University accreditation was a great coup for the club.
He added: “We have been working closely with a number of schools in the area to encourage participation in sport.
“We’d had a fantastic response in schools from children who for many it was their first time experiencing golf.
“Brandon Wood is pleased to be recognised as a learning destination and we look forward to hosting a number of exciting and challenging activities which will allow children to develop transferable skills and experience something new.
“The scheme is a great idea which builds mutually beneficial relationships between schools and businesses.”
Students collect credits with every hour of extracurricular activities undertaken – those who collect more than 100 hours are awarded with an official graduation ceremony at a local university.
Wendy Jackson, community development consultant to Coventry Sports Trust, which manages Brandon Wood, said: “Supporting and building involvement in sports among children is of paramount priority to Coventry Sports Trust.
“Brandon Wood Golf Club is not only working to boost children’s self-esteem by helping them learn new skills and meet new friends, but is also demonstrating the importance of an active lifestyle.”