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Dorset golf coaching academy saved by business sponsorship

Dorset County Academy

Dorset County Academy golf coaching for 20 talented over 14’s boys from across Dorset was set for closure this October after a change in funding from England Golf. Thanks to a generous donation from Bournemouth-based property company Green Bee Homes, the group has now been saved and is set to continue for at least another year.

The Dorset County Academy Programme was originally set up in 2009 with funding from England Golf with the aim of offering children from 8-18years the best opportunity to progress in their golf and to produce the best county junior teams. With coaching taking place at golf clubs across Dorset, the academy has helped over 1,000 children progress since 2009 and many have gone on to become PGA professional golf players, US university (golf scholarship) students and winners of many golfing competitions. Due to a change in funding this year, the over 14’s boys Future Programmes group was set to be cancelled, although it will now continue to run throughout the next season from October 2020 to May 2021 due to secured sponsorship from Green Bee Homes.

Dorset is recognised as having one of the most constructive and successful county academy programmes in the country. After seeing firsthand the amazing opportunities and support the academy has provided the children with for over 10 years, it would have been really sad to see the over 14s group end. Thanks to Green Bee Homes, the over 14s boys Academy Player Pathway will continue to run, alongside the under 14s group, whose funding has continued to remain in place. The funding pays for part of the academy coaching from highly trained golf professionals. Quite simply, without the funding, it would not be able to run, so we are very grateful to Tim of Green Bee Homes.

Dee Wood, county academy administrator for Dorset CAP

My son, Max, attends the over 14s academy with training from professional golfers. The coaching understandably had to be cancelled earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Then we learned that the under 14s academy was going to be cancelled altogether due to a change in funding, which was really sad news. I am delighted that Green Bee Homes is able to sponsor the over 14s group, enabling it to continue to run, supporting 20 of Dorset’s top emerging golfing talent.

Tim Addison, director of Green Bee Homes

Green Bee Homes is committed to building and buying land for affordable green properties with a cutting edge design throughout the region. The company offers everything from new-build homes and flats; sympathetic conversions of historic buildings; use of cutting edge building technology, as well as conversions of commercial premises into residential units.

The Dorset County Academy Programme has been developed in conjunction with England Golf to offer children a Player Pathway with the intention of making England the most successful golfing nation in the world. Whether the child is to become a social golfer, a good club golfer or a top tour professional, the academy aims to give the children of Dorset the opportunity to be a champion. For further information, go to the Dorset County Academy Facebook page.

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