Arran’s youth can help to shape the future of golf
Youngsters on Arran who are passionate about golf and sport are being urged to apply to join the Young Person’s Golf Panel (YPGP), a national platform created to represent a voice of young people across the country in sport.
Interested applicants will need to be quick though, the closing date is on Wednesday November 21 at noon.
Led by Scottish Golf, the governing body for amateur golf in Scotland, the panel is open to both golfers and non-golfers aged between 14 and 23, who will provide valuable insights and a better understanding of young people in sporting society today.
The panel is being backed by 2018 XACT Scottish Girls’ Amateur Champion and 2018 R&A Girls’ U16 Open Champion Hannah Darling, from Broomieknowe Golf Club, who believes the members will be instrumental in changing the future of golf.
She said: ‘The launch of a dedicated panel for young golfers is a brilliant idea. Having a trusted forum to be able to share your opinions with likeminded people who are equally as passionate is a great force for change.
‘As a young golfer myself, I can see how the panel could open up many opportunities, so I encourage anyone with an interest in the sport to really consider entering. Not only would you build on your own personal skills, but you would be helping to create a better future for young players in Scotland.’
The panel will play a pivotal role in identifying the issues and barriers young people face when taking up the sport and aim to tackle them head on by collectively sharing fresh and innovative ideas.
They will also be key in helping to increase participation by advising how to encourage more people, and youngsters in particular, to consider playing the sport as well as having their say in the overall vision and strategic direction of Scottish Golf.
Andrew McKinlay, CEO of Scottish Golf, said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of an exciting time at Scottish Golf, the successful candidates will be responsible for motivating and inspiring others to get involved in one of Scotland’s most loved sports.’
Scottish Girls’ Amateur Champion Hannah Darling is encouraging interested young people to consider joining the new youth panel.