HSBC Golf Roots Project Funding
Scottish Golf is pleased to be working in partnership with The Golf Foundation and HSBC to offer affiliated clubs in Scotland the opportunity to access the HSBC Golf Roots Project fund, to support the development of your junior programme. The aim of the initiative is to help more young people to ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in golf, providing a pathway into clubs and junior membership.
A key principle of the project is to help young people to develop ‘Skills for Life’ through golf, which is taught via all aspects of our work, from PGA and volunteer coaching to competitions and golf festivals. We want to encourage clubs to provide a structured learning programme to help with the recruitment and retention of junior members, making an introduction to golf fun, innovative, inclusive and inspiring.
“Scottish Golf is delighted to support the Golf Foundation in creating new HSBC Golf Roots projects in 87 of our golf clubs. These projects will help in our drive to get many more young people and families playing and staying in our clubs.” Andrew McKinlay, Chief Executive
By combining the expertise and resources of Scottish Golf and the Golf Foundation, the HSBC Golf Roots initiative will enable golf clubs that meet the required criteria to receive the following benefits:
- A grant of £500 or £750* (depending on the targets agreed)
- Skills for Life Trophy and Medal
- Access to the Box of Tricks resources and training workshop**
- Access to the Junior Golf Passport learning programme
- Support from Scottish Golf’s Regional Club Development / Regional Schools & Community Officers (RCDOs and RSCOs)
* Two levels of funding will be available. The regular fund will be £500 per club, with an extra fund of £750 per club available to those clubs who can achieve higher targets, as per the guide table in the application form. Targets agreed will reflect the catchment area and size of schools, and will be agreed with your appropriate Regional Officers.
**Box of Tricks regional workshops will take place in late August/September with a schedule to be confirmed soon. The Box of Tricks Resource will be provided to each club who attends a workshop.
How do we get started?
Before you start your application, we recommend you to discuss the process with your RCDO or RSCO. The aim of the project is to help you recruit and retain more juniors at all stages of the pathway from schools through coaching opportunities and into golf club membership. Our staff will discuss your current level of activity and then agree realistic targets for your club, across the following categories:
- Number of young people introduced to golf through local school(s)
- Number of young people joining coaching sessions at your club
- Number of young people progressing into regular play at your club
- Number of young people joining as junior members
Clubs will be expected to provide:
- Taster sessions in local schools and support a structured school programme
- Taster sessions / junior open days / golf festival / golf club coaching sessions
- A structured junior coaching programme
- The opportunity for the new golfers to progress into a weekly coaching and junior membership
- Safeguarding – evidence of ongoing checks by the club about the suitability of its coaches and staff to regularly work with children, via PVG checks and attendance at Safeguarding Children Workshops, will need to be provided.
Grant Award and Monitoring
Your application must be discussed with BOTH your Regional Club Development Officer (RCDO) and your Regional Schools and Community Officer (RSCO). The full awards (£500 or £750) will be made after the monitoring has been received by Scottish Golf and assessed against the targets originally agreed on the application form.
All projects will be required to provide an ongoing record of activity using the standard HSBC Golf Roots monitoring form provided. This information will be required by March 2019.