The search has begun to find and select Scotland’s top junior golf clubs and volunteers for the coveted RBS Junior Club and Volunteer Awards.
Jim Cowper, ClubGolf Coordinator at reigning RBS Junior Club
Dundas Park, Turnhouse Golf Club's Iain Holt, holder of the RBS
Volunteer Award, and ClubGolfers from both clubs, celebrate the
launch of the RBS Junior Club and Volunteer Awards at South
Queensferry, by Rob Eyton-Jones.
Launched at Edinburgh's South Queensferry, home of
reigning RBS Junior Club Dundas Parks, the Awards will reward clubs
and volunteers that demonstrate excellence in promoting junior golf
through the national junior programme, ClubGolf.
The winners will receive their prizes alongside the biggest
names in Scottish golf at The Scottish Golf Awards Dinner in
Glasgow on 1 March 2013.
And with an increased prize of £1,500 presented to the winning
facility or club, with funds available for the runners-up, plus
£500 for the leading volunteer, there is plenty of incentive to
Numbers of juniors taking up golf across Scotland are at an all
time high as a result of ClubGolf, sponsored by RBS to support
ClubGolf's development of golf in the community and encourage
children to stay in the game.
The recognition of being crowned RBS Junior Club this March has
made a huge difference to Dundas Parks Golf Club's junior
"In winning the award and engaging our partners, Active Schools
and supported by our ClubGolf Regional Manager, we have raised the
profile of the club and sport beyond all recognition in the local
community," said Jim Cowper, the club's ClubGolf
"The spin off resulting from the extensive media coverage has
helped us double our junior membership. We now have 13
children in Stage 2 coaching, and 42 at Stage 1, 13 of whom are
"And with the £1000 award we were able to enlist professional
help for our Stage 2 and 3 golfers."
Dundas Park continues to go the extra mile for junior
development. It is in its second year of coaching at its
local high school with 13 pupils taking part. The club
has also recruited five extra volunteer coaches for 2013, three of
whom are pupils from the school, taking its team to 11.
As a direct result of its junior coaching, one of the club's
girls, Claire Forrester, finished runner up in the under 12s final
of the Stephen Gallacher Foundation flag competition at Kingsfield
and four of its boys reached the event's older age group finals at
Meanwhile, its under 16 team won the Century Cup, beating the
other teams in Linlithgowshire for the first time, and its junior
team finished runners up in the league, its highest ever
There is little doubt in Mr Cowper's mind that being nominated
for these awards is a rewarding experience.
"I urge all clubs to enter the process," he added. "The
event is just wonderful but above all receiving the funding can
allow you to achieve so much for the children."
Likewise, Iain Holt, stalwart volunteer coach and ClubGolf
Coordinator at Edinburgh's Turnhouse Golf Club, who won the RBS
Volunteer Award earlier this year, urges clubs and coaches to make
"This award has given the club and my fellow volunteers a big
lift as being recognised in this way shows that the work we are
doing is important and essential to bringing young people into the
game," he said.
"Whether you are a club or know an individual involved in
delivering the clubgolf programme
to young people, then this is the perfect opportunity to shout out
and let people know what you are doing and achieving.
"You never know, it could be you up there receiving the award at
this big event."
Bruce Cook, head of Sponsorship & Hospitality at RBS, said:
"We're proud supporters of these awards, which highlight and reward
the considerable efforts made by volunteers in golf clubs all
around the country.
"Our investment in Scottish Golf is firmly focused on the game's
grassroots and these awards recognise the individuals who put
in hours of work behind the scenes to ensure Scotland's
youngsters have the opportunity to experience and enjoy the
game of golf."
To nominate your club for RBS Junior Golf Awards click here.
Closing date for nominations is 16 January 2013 at 1000hrs.