Norwood Park Golf Club
Introduction to Club
Norwood Park were awarded GolfMark in 2010, the Centre has embraced all aspects of the award and more recently have been awarded High Achiever Status (currently the only Club in Nottinghamshire)- they continue to seek new ideas & developments which the award can enhance.
Since obtaining Golfmark our junior membership has increased by over 60% our general junior participation in coaching sessions excluding junior members is close to 95%. Our New floodlit Range, which is also heated, has attracted many new Adult golfers as we now can provide all year long programmes.
Norwood Park have coached over 120 adults participants over the last 12 months in structured sessions this year so far, with over 75 moving onto follow on coaching and 16 joining the Golf Club.
The centre accessed the following so far utilising our GolfMark status – EG Coaching Grant, Sportivate, Aiming High, Inspired Facilities, NCGP Programmes, NCP Coach Academy Centre, GOLF ROOTS CENTRE Golf Foundation, Talented Coaches Fund, Talented Individuals, NCC Olympic Legacy funding £21,750 awarded to enhance a new short game practice area set to open next year. The club secured funding from ‘Aiming High’ and providing coaching to 60 disabled participants, a number of which are now accessing the club on regular basis. The new short game area which is currently being created is going to have disabled access, to go along with the accessible driving range.
Outreach in the Community
NCGP Community Coach & PGA Richard Strange hosts numerous projects both at the Centre & schools within the county; he has worked extensively with special needs projects this year both with juniors and adult beginners. Local links to both Secondary & Primary schools utilising both Junior Golf Passport and National Skills challenges, further initiatives including working with Nottingham University. This year he worked with NCC offering workplace ‘taster sessions’ for local and county councils employees. Richard has recently won the Golf Foundation Laddie Lucas National Award for work with special projects in the county.
The Golfmark website/logo is utilised on all our notice boards & promotional literature. Our framed award has centre stage in our clubhouse and all our Press Releases carry our Golfmark information. We have testimonials relating to our award from both Matt Bloor, NCGP Golf Development officer & Richard Brown, England Golf Regional Development officer which we utilise whenever possible
We have a short-term 6 months Development plan in place and a long-term 3-year plan – which is constantly reviewed. Norwood have established a Sports Development ‘Non for Profit’ Association – which holds regular meetings and reviews practices
Norwood Park does not have Committee as such, we have however established a Junior Panel who meet every 2 months and is chaired by our Junior Captain, also includes General Manager, PGA Professional, Child Welfare Officer & parents are also welcome to attend. Management & Development meetings are held monthly, and development is an agenda item delivered by the Golf Development Manager
General Manager, Paul Thornton is Chair of the NCGP, Notts PGA and attends County Meetings – ensuring Centre is kept up to date of useful information. He acts as the main contact point and filters out relevant information to each department
Recruitment of new golfers & members – Utilising our Golfmark status sets us above many other clubs within the local area, parents/carers are assured of good provision of care and support. Our New floodlit Range, which is also heated, has attracted many new Adult golfers as we now can provide all year long programmes. We are proud to work in partnership with NCGP, Newark & Sherwood CC, NCC, Golf Foundation and England Golf initiatives.