England and Wales (North) Region
26 May 16
The tireless efforts of Ross Jackson to encourage school children who are keen on golf to become golf club members has resulted in him receiving a prestigious national award.
Jackson, the PGA Professional at Ingleby Barwick Golf Academy, Cleveland, has won the Golf Foundation’s Bonallack Award for creating a project that has demonstrated a successful pathway from schools into club membership.
He was presented with the award during the Golf Foundation’s annual awards ceremony at Wentworth on the eve of the BMW PGA Championship.
Jackson is at the heart of this scheme which works with the Golf Foundation, England Golf, Stockton SSP (school partnership), and Tees Valley Sport to grow his club’s junior membership.
The Golf Foundation is a national charity that aims to help young people enjoy the benefits the game offers and make it more accessible to them.
Commenting on Jackson’s achievement, the Foundation’s chief executive, Brendon Pyle, said: “Ross started it from scratch two years ago.
“Since then more than 3,000 children have had a taste of golf at school and 200 of them have been coached at his academy.
“In addition, the academy hosted 54 junior competitions last year; a junior teeing system was devised; and juniors were given their own area of the club’s bistro to ‘hang out, play games and have fun’.”
As a result the club’s junior membership has grown from 20 to 60 in two years and the aim is take that number into three figures by the end of the year.
“A lot of hard work has gone into it,” said Jackson, who has been a PGA pro for five years.
“This makes it worthwhile and enthuses me even more.
“When we started this there wasn’t much junior activity but we created a new vibe and really changed the dynamic of the club.
“This award is a real honour and I dedicate it to the young people we work with and everyone who has supported us.”
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