RBS Volunteer of the Year nominee - Stewart Cameron

Stewart Cameron has been Clubgolf coaching coordinator at Bridge of Allan Golf Club for the past four years. He was also the club’s vice president in 2014, is a qualified club course rater and a PGA level two golf coach.

Stewart Cameron BofA juniors

"Helping juniors to improve and enjoy playing golf is a privilege and I look forward to performing this role for many years to come.

Stewart’s involvement in the sport, however, stretches back much further. The last six decades has also seen him represent Scottish Boys and Youth teams and win the British Universities Championship in 1966. He has also been club captain and president, junior and greens convenor, and chairman of the Stirling Junior and Youth Golf Society and President of the Stirlingshire Golf Union.

Having identified the downturn in junior membership at Bridge of Allan Golf Club as a primary concern, Stewart engaged an innovative plan to increase participation, benefitting the legacy of an historic golf club and the community.

To house a Clubgolf junior programme, Stewart designed the innovative ‘Learn to play golf academy’, raising the £30,000 required to build a complete golf facility on a strip of land 80 yards long, 20 yards wide on a 20 degree slope.

The configuration of the all-weather bays, artificial turf chipping stations, bunker and putting green was to ensure groups of children would be able to receive tuition, and practice in a fun and safe environment. To offer specialist coaching, Stewart recruited a PGA professional and built a team of five dedicated Clubgolf coaches.

BofA facilities

Stewart has tirelessly visited local schools to deliver coaching sessions and the club’s ‘Learn-play-Join’ promotion leaflet has been seen by thousands of people. This selfless promotion of golf in the community has started to create a golf culture for youngsters. Not only that, junior membership has soared from 26 in 2013 to 47 in 2014. During 2014, more than 50 juniors enjoyed Clubgolf coaching sessions at Bridge of Allan.

Stewart obtained Ryder Cup tickets so juniors could meet their heroes, arranged tee times for a group of youngsters to play at Gleneagles, and in 2014 the Club also arranged their first junior team match in several years.

It is recognised that without Stewart, junior golf would not exist at Bridge of Allan. With his determination it continues to evolve, and offers the best environment for youngsters in the community setting out on their journey into the wonderful world of golf.

On hearing he had been shortlisted, Stewart said:

“I am surprised and delighted to have been short listed for this award and am grateful to the members of Bridge of Allan Golf Club for encouraging juniors to take up golf at an early age.

"Helping juniors to improve and enjoy playing golf is a privilege and I look forward to performing this role for many years to come.

“I was amazed at the number of juniors that attended our Clubgolf coaching sessions in 2014 and hopefully the publicity being generated by being short listed for this Award will help to attract more youngsters from Bridge of Allan to take up golf in 2015.”

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