Girls offered free golf lessons to get more young women into sport

Female students will have the chance to take part in free golf lessons.

Female students will have the chance to take part in free golf lessons.

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Female students at Sunderland College will soon be teeing off thanks to a new scheme.

Funded by Tyne and Wear Sport, the college has created a new project offering golf lessons to the girls.

We are really excited to launch it

Lucy Oliver

The Get into Ladies Golf sessions are aimed at 16 to 25-year-old students who are inactive or currently undertaking little physical activity, to encourage them to participate in sports on a regular basis.

The scheme will give 20 novice golfers the opportunity to take part in sessions run by professional coaches at clubs in the region.

Lucy Oliver, sports development officer at Sunderland College, said: “This is a new initiative for the college and we are really excited to launch it.

“We felt that golf lessons were a fantastic way for the girls to improve their health by taking part in low-impact exercise.

“By boosting their confidence and allowing them to experience a new form of physical activity, we hope this scheme will help students to experiment with different types of sport, and for them to become more active in general.”

James Hartley, Tyne and Wear Sport’s Sportivate project officer, said: “Getting more women and girls active and engaging in physical activity is a key priority of ours and supports and raises awareness of Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign. It is great that Sunderland College is working with us through Sportivate, as the student body will have a huge number of females who potentially are unaware of the sporting opportunities available to them.

“Hopefully the introduction of golf will raise activity levels at the college and inspire the women to take part in more sport on a more regular basis.”

The college organises a variety of sporting activities for students including archery, kayaking and football as part of the Sportivate project.

After being awarded £90,000 last year by Sport England, it also offers free sessions in trampolining, gym, netball, basketball, table tennis, dance and badminton.