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 all the time acknowledged her want to make golf extra inclusive, and the Golf Basis is delighted to workforce up with the PGA Trainee, who will help encourage extra new younger players, together with children from ethnically various communities.
Bennett’s first project for the Golf Basis mirrored her want 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 offer 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 link with Valence Main via his Golf Basis work however was additionally Bennett’s first common coach, serving to her get began on her course to being an expert player. 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 enjoying which fits kids of all talents, with the purpose of together with greater than 7,500 colleges over the following 5 years.
Bennett has competed in Ladies’s Skilled Golfers’ Affiliation occasions, the LET Entry Sequence, and in final summer’s Rose Women Sequence. Her subsequent purpose is to safe her card for the Women European Tour. On social media, she is fast changing into an advocate for variety and inclusion in golf and throughout wider sport.
When working at Bush Hill Park, which received England Golf’s Membership of the Yr final week, Bennett specialises in teaching girls and juniors. She first got here to the eye of the Golf Basis workforce when she carried out outreach work in native colleges within the Enfield space.
As an advocate of instructing life expertise via golf, Bennett already teaches respiratory and mindfulness workouts to her junior golfers as a part of their regular teaching classes, an strategy being promoted nationally by the Golf Basis.
The Golf Basis needs to achieve new players in metropolis areas, together with a give attention to providing higher alternatives to younger folks from ethnically various communities, and has not too long ago been working with a variety of companions to make sure progress, together with younger folks’s charities Sporting Equals, StreetGames and London Youth. The nationwide charity’s workforce believes that Bennett’s expertise and perception can be extremely worthwhile whereas she could be a nice function mannequin for a lot of children who’ve by no means thought of making an attempt golf.
Bennett mentioned: “I’m excited to be working with the Golf Basis as I’m enthusiastic about creating golf experiences for younger folks from all backgrounds. The help of HSBC via the Golf Roots programme is unbelievable, and I can’t wait to assist ship these alternatives.”
Brendon Pyle, Chief Govt of the Golf Basis, mentioned: “We’re thrilled that Nicola has agreed to grow to be an envoy for this charity. We’ve got recognized for a while of Nicola’s teaching work at her membership and her emergence as a aggressive skilled player, however we have been delighted to listen to that she has additionally been reaching out to native colleges to introduce kids to golf, and that she is now actually eager to take this work on sporting a Golf Basis workforce shirt.
“Nicola is a massively constructive particular person and we’ve 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 really inclusive. Having mentioned her skilled goals and the way they align with the values of our charity, we’ve 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 players who’ve proven nice help for the charity over the past 18 months.