A golf club has teamed up with a school to provide top tuition to promising young players as part of efforts to raise the sport’s profile.
Hartlepool Golf Club has joined forces with two of Dyke House Sports and Technology College’s elite development.
Once a week, pupils Will Skipp and Jack Ainscough practice their skills at the club alongside professional players.
The club hopes the initiative which started in September will be the start of a long line of top new players coming through their ranks.
Danny Evans, director of elite development at Dyke House school, said: “Obviously, the facilities here are absolutely superb, it gives them the opportunity to practice their skills 12 months of the year.
“The support of the professionals and the committee is really welcoming.
“The success the lads have had over the last 12 months has been outstanding. They have both won competitions and are both in the England regional training squad.”
Jack, aged 16, from Shotton, is part of the Under 16 England Team and has played at a high level all over the UK and also in Italy.
Fellow Dyke House pupil, Will, 14, added: “It has been really good. It is definitely helping. It pushes me to try to beat Jack.”
Club professional Graham Laidlaw said: “As a club we have produced a lot of good golfers. With the link with Dyke House it presents the opportunity to find the next one out there.”
The club currently has openings for players of all abilities and all ages. On Saturday it is launching two new Get Into Golf beginner courses.
A ladies course begins on November 21, at 11am-noon, and a mixed course starts the same day from noon to 1pm.
Both courses last five weeks and cost £35 and include a seven iron club to keep. Participants will be given information on options for joining at the end.
All equipment is provided free. For details call 0800 118 2766 or visit getintogolf.org/durham