The Golf Basis has unveiled PGA Trainee Skilled Nicola Bennett as its newest official ambassador for the nationwide golf charity that introduces younger folks from all backgrounds to the sport.
Bennett, who works at Bush Hill Park Golf Membership at Winchmore Hill in North London, has at all times acknowledged her need to make golf extra inclusive, and the Golf Basis is delighted to staff up with the PGA Trainee, who will help encourage extra new younger gamers, together with children from ethnically numerous communities.
Bennett’s first project for the Golf Basis mirrored her need to achieve out to younger folks in the identical space of London the place she grew up. She made a much-anticipated go to to Valence Main College in Dagenham to assist promote the Golf Basis’s HSBC Golf Roots programme, which goals to present a primary go at golf to 2 million younger folks over the following 5 years.
Chris Jenkins, the PGA Superior Skilled from close by Crowlands Golf Centre, not solely has a direct hyperlink with Valence Main by way of his Golf Basis work however was additionally Bennett’s first common coach, serving to her get began on her course to being knowledgeable participant. The pair reunited for this particular session to encourage new younger golfers from this space of London to take up the sport.
Valence Main College pupils performed the Golf Basis’s new Golfway easy-to-learn format, a enjoyable means of taking part in which fits kids of all skills, with the intention of together with greater than 7,500 faculties over the following 5 years.
Bennett has competed in Girls’s Skilled Golfers’ Affiliation occasions, the LET Entry Sequence, and in final summer season’s Rose Women Sequence. Her subsequent intention is to safe her card for the Women European Tour. On social media, she is quick turning into an advocate for range and inclusion in golf and throughout wider sport.
When working at Bush Hill Park, which gained England Golf’s Membership of the 12 months final week, Bennett specialises in teaching girls and juniors. She first got here to the eye of the Golf Basis staff when she carried out outreach work in native faculties within the Enfield space.
As an advocate of educating life abilities by way of golf, Bennett already teaches respiratory and mindfulness workouts to her junior golfers as a part of their regular teaching periods, an strategy being promoted nationally by the Golf Basis.
The Golf Basis needs to achieve new gamers in metropolis areas, together with a deal with providing larger alternatives to younger folks from ethnically numerous communities, and has not too long ago been working with a spread of companions to make sure progress, together with younger folks’s charities Sporting Equals, StreetGames and London Youth. The nationwide charity’s staff believes that Bennett’s expertise and perception can be extremely helpful whereas she is usually a nice function mannequin for a lot of children who’ve by no means thought-about attempting golf.
Bennett stated: “I’m excited to be working with the Golf Basis as I’m keen about creating golf experiences for younger folks from all backgrounds. The assist of HSBC by way of the Golf Roots programme is unimaginable, and I can’t wait to assist ship these alternatives.”
Brendon Pyle, Chief Government of the Golf Basis, stated: “We’re thrilled that Nicola has agreed to develop into an envoy for this charity. Now we have recognized for a while of Nicola’s teaching work at her membership and her emergence as a aggressive skilled participant, however we had been delighted to listen to that she has additionally been reaching out to native faculties to introduce kids to golf, and that she is now actually eager to take this work on carrying a Golf Basis staff shirt.
“Nicola is a massively constructive particular person and we’ve got seen that she desires to share her love of the sport with younger folks from all backgrounds, which can solely assist us as we search extra companions to begin to make golf extra actually inclusive. Having mentioned her skilled goals and the way they align with the values of our charity, we’ve got little doubt she can be an impressive ambassador for the Golf Basis.”
Bennett joins fellow Golf Basis feminine ambassadors Meghan MacLaren and Felicity Johnson, each Women European Tour gamers who’ve proven nice assist for the charity over the past 18 months.