Ar­ran’s youth can help to shape the fu­ture of golf

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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.

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