Head PGA Teaching Professional - Sam Stuart


Sam Stuart

Walmley Golf Academy development plan 2017 onwards

Following on from the great success of 2016 we intend to push on and make 2017 an even more successful year.

Below are all of the projects that will take place throughout 2017 across junior, adult and disability platforms, as well as highlight areas of growth the new facility plans will allow. 

School Games

Over the last 2 years, we have delivered golf coaching sessions in local primary schools that enter a team in the level 2 school games. From this, we see in the region of 300 children all of whom are offered free coaching sessions back at the golf club over the summer holidays, for 2017 we are aiming to double the number schools we visit.

From the last 2 years, 20 children have joined our academy as a direct result of the school games. 

Sutton Coldfield School Games

 2017 will see the inclusion of a Walmley golf academy/club stand at the community games. Last year an estimated 10,000.00 people attended the community games. We will be offering free on-site golf lessons and games for all ages as well as literature on the benefits of golf. All attendees who we see will also be offered free sessions back at the golf club over the summer. This is a brilliant forum for us to be involved in and a true community-based event encapsulating everything Walmley golf club is about.

Golf's Got Talent

This is an exciting new proposition for 2017 with the intent to run a carnival-like day for the whole family offering golf games running alongside a multi-stage competition.  This format has been proven hugely successful by the Golf Trust who working in and around the greater London area. We are working closely with the Golf Trust to use their model to bring the same great results to Birmingham. 

Junior Open

The 2017 Walmley Junior Open will for the first time in the clubs history see the introduction of a young masters. This event will be aimed at under 12's that do not have handicaps and are new to playing on the golf course. Its primary aim is to be a fun inclusive. Running such an event signifies Walmley's commitment to junior participation and development. 

Adult golf

As well as our ongoing commitment to junior participation there is also the need within the community to increase adult participation in sport to gain long-term health benefits. During an average round of 18 holes, a person will take 12,000 steps and walk over 8km exceeding the common recommended daily amount. A Swedish study by the Karolinska Instituted led by Professor Anders Ahlbom, found that golfers have a 40% lower death rate, which corresponds to a 5-year increase in life expectancy. Participants who walk 18 holes carrying their own bag burn on average 721 calories those pulling a trolley burn 718 and using a golf buggy burn 411.

We have been running weekly adult classes for all abilities, for just under a year now and have seen 15 participants take up golf all of whom are working towards golf club membership or regular participation. Our growing presence through event's like the community games will help us gain more traction and allow us to spread the health benefits of golf to a wider audience.

Disability Golf

Following on from the brilliant work of 2016 making golf more inclusive for young people with learning and physical disabilities, we are branching out to offer the same opportunities to adults.

As a club, we ran a very successful crowd funding campaign raising over £2000.00 to support these new projects.

Off the back of this campaign, we have partnered with 3 local disability centers to offer weekly ongoing access to golfing activities.

Midlands Mencap - is a charity which works and campaigns for accessible and inclusive services and better quality of life for everyone with experience of learning disabilities and additional needs.

Rowangarth Day Centre - Has been operating in Erdington since 2008, providing a high level of services for adults with a disability or learning difficulties. As well as provide care for adults with Early Onset Dementia.

The Hive College at Wilson Stuart School – A College for students aged between 19 and 25 who have physical and learning difficulties, with the aim to getting young disabled people who can and want to work, into the workplace.

Disability projects repeating in 2017

Action 4 Bullying

After the great feedback received from all who attended the action 4 bullying 2016 summer coaching sessions, we have agreed to re-run this project in 2017.

Ashbourne Center

September 2016 saw the start of a yearlong project working with young people aged 7 to 16 who have been permanently excluded from main stream school. This project has been a such a success the school is looking forward to renewing the project to run again from September 2017.