BADGEMORE PARK hits the mark with national golf accreditation for safeguarding.

Badgemore Park in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire which is backing the drive to grow the game, has achieved the SafeGolf club accreditation from England Golf.

Badgemore Park is located in the picturesque town of Henley-on-Thames and focusses on being the number one lifestyle destination in the area. With significant investment both on and off the course, the club has a thriving membership across all categories and is in the process of developing a junior academy this year following the introduction of its 800sqm short-game practice area.

Business Director, Marc Goodwin, who led the club’s push to SafeGolf, said: “Badgemore Park is a great club, it’s very friendly, welcoming and forward-thinking. This award helps us to spread that message and to tell people that children and young adults are safe and secure here and that we understand about beginner golfers.”

The 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. It 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 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 to ensure all clubs provide 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.