The Cornwall Golf Union, which is backing the drive to grow the game, has achieved the SafeGolf accreditation from England Golf demonstrating its commitment to safeguarding children and young people, as well as adults in risk in the sport of golf.
The Cornwall Golf Union currently has 30 affiliated clubs, several of which have already achieved the SafeGolf accreditation and with the remainder working towards it. Consequently, it was incumbent on the CGU to achieve the same standard and to demonstrate its own commitment.
CGU Secretary Chris Pountney said “We are delighted to have achieved the SafeGolf accreditation and at this moment are rightly proud to have done so. It doesn’t end here though and for the future we need to continually monitor and maintain the standard and relevant qualifications for all those involved in delivering elements of the game on our behalf within Cornwall.”
The award was presented to the Cornwall Golf Union by Brad Bodinnar, England Golf’s Club Support Officer. “I’m delighted the Cornwall Golf Union has achieved SafeGolf and that its efforts to grow the game and safeguard it’s participants can be nationally recognised.”
SafeGolf is a partnership of UK golf bodies committed to promoting a safe and positive environment for all those participating, working, and volunteering in the sport of golf.
The SafeGolf partnership consists of members from the golfing bodies across Great Britain & Ireland and has been established to help golf respond to the issue of child protection in sport. Its mission is to safeguard the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk, in the sport of golf.
SafeGolf is firstly, a website – www.safegolf.org – through which anyone with a concern about the welfare of a player, or the behaviour or practice of a coach, volunteer, organiser, parent or a player, can contact the lead safeguarding officer at their national governing body.
Secondly, it is the safeguarding standard England Golf will promote to all their affiliated clubs and counties to ensure everyone provides a safe and positive experience to children and young people whilst playing golf. The PGA are also using the standards to apply to all their PGA professional Coaches.
Find an accredited coach – www.safegolf.org
Coming Soon – a full list of clubs, counties and facilities that that uphold the standards of SafeGolf will be housed here – www.safegolf.org